Questions tagged [identification]

Use this tag for questions looking to identify or classify an object, image, or person, or to otherwise place them in historical context. Make sure to include as much detail as you already know about the mystery object, preferably including photographs, if applicable.

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What is this Tiger tank wingman UGV?

Schneider, Tiger Battalion 507: "For some time it was expected that in action every Tiger commander would ‘pull the strings’ of two midget panzers loaded with explosives. The idea was eventually ...
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What do the collar symbols / insignia on this WW I Austrian soldiers uniform mean?

I am trying to determine what the rank or group of a soldier in a vintage photo is. I've been searching the internet for collar insignia but coming up short. I'd appreciate any help given. ...
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What paintings might these be (2 sketches made in the Tate Britain Gallery)?

My daughter drew these two sketches in the Tate Britain Gallery. She needs to complete the sketches but cannot remember which paintings they are based upon. She has looked through the Tate Britain ...
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Looking to Identify a pin/ badge

I am looking to identify this badge that my grandfather was wearing in this picture I know it’s blurry but never seen it before and don’t know where to start looking for a way to identify it. He would ...
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What kind of 1800's Hungarian military uniform is this?

Can anyone please help to identify the type of military uniform in this photo? This was my great grandfather, Michael Wolkowitz who I believe was Hungarian and lived from 1870-1900.
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Which British town or city is recorded in this 1890's YouTube video?

I have came across a YouTube video titled "The 1890's ~ Amazing Rare Footage of Cities Around the World". (2 mins) Now at 2 mins of this video there is footage of people sitting on a ...
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What is this military uniform? (possibly Swedish, possibly cavalry)

Military uniform around 1900 (I think) Swedish, looks cavalry. Great grandfather (I’m told) who fought for Sweden (against whom?) and was promised by Swedish Crown land when the war was won. Promise ...
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Who manufactured US 10th Cavalry Saber?

My grandfather - Henry Abbey Jr. was a Lt. in the US Army 10th Cavalry out of Fort Huachuca in AZ. I have photos of him - and there is one in the Fort Museum - and I have his saber/sword. I'm ...
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Which WWII Medal and ribbon are these?

I am trying to identify a possible medal that my great grandfather was awarded as I am putting his medals together for my grandmother. Though I'm not quite sure it's a medal. I looked through his ...
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What is this Eastern European military uniform?

These photographs are of my great-granduncle who lived in the village of Velyki Laz, just outside of Uzhhorod in today's western Ukraine. He was born in 1905. I would like to identify the uniforms ...
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What do the markings in 75mm WW1 trench art mean?

Great Uncle brought home Trench art from Verdun with a Lorraine cross. Markings are 75 DE and A RS /333. 15. There are 5 punch marks and what looks like a small K near the primer. Can anyone explain ...
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Is the Tokai Maru the ship that rescued many refugees from the 'Smyrna catastrophe' in 1922 or is it named Tokei Maru instead?

I found this article claiming that a Japanese Ship named "Tokei Maru" has rescued many Greek and Armenian refugees from Turkish onslaught at Smyrna in 1922. Therefore, I wanted to know more ...
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What mysterious Flemish peasant activity is depicted in this painting?

There is lots to see in Bruegel's famous painting representing life in June/July ('Haymaking'). (cf, https://insidebruegel.net for a great online collection of his work). There is this activity he ...
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Who is this monument near Huesca for?

Roadside monument about 1.1 KM east of Huesca. Location (within ten meters): 42°8'27.90"N, 0°22'23.16"W. According to Wiktionary, “requetés” could mean soldiers fighting for Carlos 1833–1840 ...
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Is this a case of “cut and paste” of two different weapons?

I recently inherited a sabre and two daggers that we assume belonged to a gg uncle who was born in 1870. I tried searching images to identify to sabre but became confused as it has a ruby-eyed lion ...
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Can someone help me identify this pin?

Recently I’ve got this pin as a present from my friend, but he didn’t know what this abbreviation (v.s.s?) means. I think it’s from German but I’m not sure.
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Can anyone provide any details on the model, history and value of my grandfather's watch?

After my grandfather passed away in 2010, a lot of his belongings were split between his daughters. My mother recently gave me a watch that belonged to my grandfather, but I cannot find any details ...
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Can anyone identify this UK Victorian uniform?

I wondered if anyone could identify this uniform. I know little about it other than it is a friend's ancestor. It looks late 19th century to me.
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What is the dagger at the bottom of this photo?

Could anyone assist with possibly identifying the blade at the bottom of this picture? I know that it is incredibly sharp and maybe a Jambiya. I am trying to date it and also place its original ...
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Can you help identify these medals?

We were going through my Dads attic and found these medals. We think they belonged to my Granddad - we don’t know if he fought in the World Wars but had Welsh heritage and lived in the UK most of his ...
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How can I identify the uniform and other details in this picture of my great grandfather circa 1913?

This is a picture of my great grandfather circa 1913. How can I identify the uniform and any other details from it? He came to the US in 1913. Was married approximately 1909 in Pirmasens. His port of ...
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How might I use a number written over portrait image to help identify the person or tribe, if Indigenous Indian?

I have just concluded having my mother's extensive family photo collection digitized for use in our family tree and for the family's general use. Our mother passed away in 1989, so we waited too long ...
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Can someone identify this coin for me please?

Can someone identify this coin for me please? I found it when going through my mothers belongings after she passed away.
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Who painted snow melting in Kitzbühel in the Albertina gallery?

I'm not sure this is the right place to ask, but we are trying to figure out the name of the artist and maybe even painting name that we saw in the Albertina in Wien. It was most probably part of ...
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How to coordinate the relationship between Corded Ware(Fatyanovo-Abashevo), Sanskrit and Graeco-Aryan?

The latest research shows that the R1a-Z93 of Sintashta and Andronovo originated from the Corded Ware culture (Middle Dnieper-Fatyanovo-Abashevo). If so, Sanskrit would be unified with Germanic and ...
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When would one carry a sword on a shoulder with grip upwards?

Usually, swords are depicted as being kept in scabbard on the back or by the hip - like this or this. It got me curious when I saw videos of swords carried on a shoulder and held by the blade - with ...
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Is this uniform is from India or Burma in the 1800's?

Is this an Indian Brigade? Possibly RSF in India or Burma?
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Can anyone help identify this passenger steamship with double funnels and two masts?

I believe that this unidentified passenger steamship could possibly be from the New England area or the Great Lakes. I have already ruled out this vessel as being the S.S. Boston of the Eastern ...
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Can anyone help identify the name of the white vessel in this photo w/the masts and funnel?

Unidentified White hulled vessel, possibly in the Boston area in the 1940s. The harbor tug is named IWANA and it was in service in Boston up until 1942. What is the name of the mystery white vessel? I’...
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Can anyone identify this uniform for me please? He was a marksman and back of photo says trophies won in war

He was a military man who has marksman insignia on his uniform. The photo says trophies won in war and he was Irish.
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Need help identifying this coin [duplicate]

I have had this coin for a few months and still no luck
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Can anybody identify this 1900-1933 uniform (possibly German)

I believe this image to be taken around 1900-1933. I also believe it to be a German uniform but I'm not certain. Any help would be appreciated!
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Where can I find an historically accurate ordinary items database for dungeon-stocking and art

I swear I had found in the comments of one of Matthew Colville's "stocking the dungeon" videos a link to an enormous database of accurate lists of ordinary items that list REAL items that ...
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What is this hallmark on silverware?

My family stumbled upon another piece of silverware. Sadly we cannot identify the silver mark nor do we know where the piece comes from. Someone pointed out that it might be Persian. But that did ...
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What is this military march sampled in "Hell March"?

The video game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 features a song titled Hell March, which includes a voice sample of an unidentified military officer. The sample appears to originate in the Series ...
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Identify an early-mid 20th century cast soft metal decorative trinket

I'm trying to identify this tiny trinket/bauble. It was found in a crevice inside of a 130-year old dresser. It was very likely dropped there prior to 1960. It measures 17mm tall by 8mm wide, and is ...
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Please help identity this Italian military uniform

All I know about the man in the photo is he was an Italian. Any help on the date/what the rank, etc. was would be appreciated.
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What's the date of this army uniform?

I have two photos of man and women. Guessing sweethearts. I’m thinking 1800s, there is writing on the back but I can’t read it.
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Can anyone help me identify this uniform?

Can anyone help me identify this uniform? I have been looking into an ancestor named Frederick Collins who served in the Royal Garrison Artillery, in Ireland in 1898, South Africa 1900-1902 then St ...
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What branch of Hungarian military service corresponds to this uniform?

Does anyone know the branch of service corresponding to the uniform in this photo from Veszprem Hungary? Is it a Hussar?
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What branch of service and rank is this (possibly Hungarian) 1920 photo?

1920 photo possibly Hungary. Does anyone know which service branch and rank the uniform represents? Thank you for any help.
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What uniform is this man wearing (circa 1940's)?

This is a photograph of my husbands grandfather. He was born in 1920 and in the image he appears to be about 20 ish making the picture 1940 ish. We believe he was born in Poland and later moved to the ...
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Can you help identify the insignia and the country of origin of this uniform?

Can you help identify the insignia and the country of origin with this uniform?
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Can anyone identify these uniforms (stated to be "Austrian")?

I recently purchased these uniforms, in which I was told that they were "Austro-Hungarian/Austrian." Upon looking further at the lighter-green one, I noticed that it had a trim pattern ...
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What uniform is this? May have been Crimea war and from Scotland

May be my Great Great Grandfather Peter or Edward Hepburn. We do not know anything about him. Is it from the Crimea? What rank and/or regiment?
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Who are the five figures in the niches in the 'Monument of Marchese Spinetta Malaspina'

I couldn't find online who are the five figures in the niches in the 'Monument of Marchese Spinetta Malaspina'? Does anyone has any idea about their identity?
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What are this uniform and these medals?

Help identifying uniform from the 1900s? Brought this uniform to America.
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Can you identify the military uniform on the man in this photo?

I found this photo in a box I inherited from my grandmother. The photo is on heavy card-like stock, but there is no writing or any markings on the back. My grandparents were born in Germany, but came ...
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What is the "bag on a stick" Hercules is holding in this picture?

The picture in the upper right of this page depicts Hercules/Heracles (or is it King Erystheus?) sitting on a chair or a throne, with the Nemean lion's skin and a club. Archaeolovers clarifies why ...
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What uniform is the man in this mid to late 19th century photo wearing?

This is a photo of my Grt Grdth's brother, George Anderson, born 1856 Kildare, Ireland. I have this studio portrait. What uniform is he wearing? He worked in Sth Africa at times.

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