I've seen pictures of scrolls such as this, that contain their material within a larger metal case, and are read by pulling the material out using a tab on the side.

Skyrim: Elder Scroll

Image from game: Skyrim

All of them, such as this one, are not actually real. It makes me curious as to whether or not these kinds of scrolls ever existed.

Supposing that this kind is real, what real life/ historical scrolls exist that are of this style? What are the basic parts that make up the scroll? I am not looking for complete design specifications but more of a basic schematic.
DS3 Crystal Scroll

Image from Dark Souls 3

Also I've found another picture, from dark souls 3, that is still fictional though it represents what I'm looking to identify.

  • This question is too broad after you discover these scrolls are real. It's a larger project and your answer would require a step-by-step tutorial, making it off-topic, which is why I'm closing. You could instead edit to try asking about the types of parts/pieces needed and if you get stuck assembling them ask a specific question about that step. We'll look at this question again after you edit to open it if needed.
    – user24
    Commented Aug 5, 2016 at 12:04
  • It's an unusual configuration, but fancier megillah scrolls are designed like this. (That being said, I agree this is too broad as it currently stands!)
    – Erica
    Commented Aug 5, 2016 at 15:20
  • There are examples of such scrolls in museums. Actually they are used today. And the assembly is not complex. Sure, the one shown in the picture is quite ornate but that's just surface finish. The real question, I think, Naos is asking is to learn how something like this would be assembled. A straight forward crafts question ... isn't it? Commented Aug 5, 2016 at 23:02
  • @CreationEdge I have edited it. I apologize for wording it in a way that made it too broad, and so I summarized to the best of my ability what I wanted to ask. Somehow I feel as though it is difficult to avoid being broad when you are uncertain if the object your asking about even exists, but perhaps that is just me, but hopefully you understand. Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 2:05
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    It's understandable. Being closed isn't a bad thing, because you can always edit to get things on track. No need to apologize. Welcome, and good luck.
    – user24
    Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 2:15

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These types of scrolls do exist.

One example is called an "Esther" scroll case.

Here are some examples.




And ... if I were to try to make something similar I would break it down to the following parts.

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  • Interesting concept, only it doesn't answer the other part of the question, which is what it is. Commented Aug 11, 2016 at 22:46

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