25 . Illuminated, miniature Scroll of Esther with original gold-plated silver case. Ottoman empire 19-20th century
Miniature Scroll of Esther with a nice, colored opening illustration and expert scribal script. Along with an especially nice, unique silver case. Ottoman empire 19-20th century
Description of the Scroll:  sewn parchment strips, the parchment is 63 mm. wide. The inclusive length of the strips is about 200 cm. The megilla is written in an especially nice Velish script. 14 lines. The megilla opens with a colored illustration of leaves and flowers within a doubled border painted in gold and brown.
Case: The scroll is housed in a silver case, apparently without hallmarks. Length: 185 mm. Width: 30 mm. The case has eight sides, made with unique engraving of gilt leaves. The bottom section has a nice roller. The upper section features a decorative dome that is surrounded by a gate and topped by a gilt knob. Smooth original cover with matching handle.
Unique features: This megilla was written by an expert scribe with an exceptionally nice script, with a colored illustration and a case made by an artisan.
Condition: Light erasures to the border of the opening illustration. Two light tears in the parchment strips, affecting solitary words. Clear tape reinforcement on the stitches to the strips following the names of Haman's ten sons. Minimal stains. Fine condition.
The case is in very fine condition.