Berat certificate for Hafiz Ibrahim Edhem Efendi.
Black ink on paper, ca. 38 x 57 cm. With gilt Tughra of the Sultan at the head.
An award of the Third Order of the Chefakat (Charity) to the "precious daughter" of Hafiz Ibrahim Edhem Efendi, accountant of the Hazine-i Hassa treasury (which managed the personal income and expenses of the Sultan), in recognition of his outstanding achievements.
Berat certificates are official documents presented as appointments for office, exemption certificates from a tax or duty, or accompanying the award of a medal or other honour. This example is meticulously calligraphed in black and gold ink. On the reverse are official attestations of authenticity, with a brief summary of the document.
Folded with extensive tears and a few chips to edges. Full transcription available.