The following description was prepared by William Gross:
This carved olive wood Esther scroll case is typical of the olive wood souvenirs that were produced in Jerusalem from at least the middle of the 19th century into the 20th. They were made for sale to pilgrims and tourists who began coming to the Holy Land in large numbers starting at the beginning of this period. This case was purchased from a new immigrant from Buchara who arrived in the 1980s. One of his ancestors had purchased it in Jerusalem. It had been in Buchara until it returned home with the oleh.
A similar story is true of the second wooden scroll case in the Gross family collection, 080.008.001. Both are decorated in ink with illustrations of the Western Wall and the Tomb of Rachel.
Inscription: THE TOMB OF OUR MOTHER RACHEL/ THE WESTERN WALL HERE IN THE HHOLY CITY OF JERUSALEM, MAY IT BE BUILT AND ESTABLISHED SPEEDILY IN OUR TIME, AMEN ZALMAN MORDECHAIOFF