The following description was prepared by William Gross:
Olive wood was one of the main materials utilized by artisans in the Holy land before the First World War. Many souvenirs for the pilgrims and tourists who visited there were made from that material. Ritual objects were also fashioned in olive wood and used both in the synagogues of the country and sent abroad. This example is a Torah pointer and is designed very much in the form of yads made in Galicia. The round ball form at the top with holes is very often found in the silver yads from that area. On the central ball form is a painted inscription that is undecipherable. On the lower part of the shaft are the names of people commemorated by the donation of this Torah pointer.
Ala Bat Avraham, 6 Shevat 1872
Perla Bat Avraham, 11 Iyar 1857
Simcha Ben Meir, 16 Elul 1852
Yehudah Ben Menachem, 12 Cheshvan 1839