Berat certificate for Salahaddin Bey.
Black ink on paper, ca. 38 x 57 cm. With gilt Tughra of the Sultan at the head.
An award of the Order of Osmaniye (fourth class) to Salahaddin Bey, recording clerk on the executive board of the Hazine-i Hassa treasury (which managed the personal income and expenses of the Sultan), for diligence in the discharge of his duties.
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.