Mehmed V Resad, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1844-1918, ruled 1909-1918). Signed document (Berat) in Ottoman Turkish.

Constantinople, [30 Jan. 1912 CE =] 10 Safer 1330 H.

Ink on paper. With large gilt Tughra. Ca. 55 x 28 cm. In original, addressed envelope.


Pretty Ottoman document from the last months before the beginning of the Balkan Wars, concerning an arms factors. Includes the rare envelope.

Berat certificates were 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.