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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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Was there a Princess Khalifa Hatan Tupac Bay II?

Recently a woman who was accused of murder, said she was Princess Khalifa Hatan Tupac Bay II, representing the entity Dejaune Anderson. She also said she was born in 1961, which is obviously not true. ...
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Is this a photo of a historical reinactment of an 1868 treaty signing?

I've stumbled up this image in the National Archives describing the 1868 treaty between the Navajo and United States, which was signed when the Navajo were released from Bosque Redondo. https://...
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What Is this circa 1930 German object: a toy set, a poster or something else?

I have a low resolution reproduction of an old photograph, the original unfortunately no longer exists. It was taken at Christmas, with a nativity scene in the foreground and a Christmas tree on the ...
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What was this television history series?

Back in the 80's or 90's I used to watch a history show on TV. It may have been a BBC series but it definitely had a British host. He'd normally start off talking about one thing in history, like the ...
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What type of naval ship is this?

What type of naval ship is this? Note gun batteries on stern, Unknown location and date.
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What is this unusual German army jacket?

I recently bought a military jacket and was wondering which part of the German army it belonged to. I couldn't find any information on the Internet, seems like this jacket is rare. This jacket ...
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Does this Russian Republican/Civil War era badge or emblem have any historical significance?

I have been researching items from a box with some family heirlooms, and have just 3 items unaccounted for: two metal pins, and a felt badge with the colors of the Russian Republic. This was from a ...
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What are the origins of these two uniforms?

We believe these two are father and son from the early 20th century. Possibly German/Austro-Hungarian/Polish region but unsure. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated, I understand that is little ...
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Who issued this poster promoting Japanese migration to Brazil?

Several Wikipedia editions use this poster promoting Japanese immigration to Brazil in the early 20th century. However, different Wikipedias describe it as "a Japanese government propaganda ...
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What uniform is shown in this portrait?

This unsigned 19th century portrait miniature shows a man in a uniform but I am not sure which country it belongs to?(by identifying the nationality of the uniform I am hoping it might help me with ...
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What is this bayonet I found in the ground while working under a house?

It's got some markings including a WD with a arrow above it, below that a Crown with 45 under it and then a E. And right by the hilt is a X. On the other side there is VI. And below that is 1.95...it ...
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What medal is shown in this 19th-century Canadian picture?

I have a photo of a Canadian male ancestor from around 1885 (he is about 45 years old), who is wearing a medal (see photo). I am having trouble identifying what the medal is. The photo quality is not ...
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What is this coat of arms for J. Schneller?

I found this coat of arms on old piano notes. What is this coat of arms?
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Was the Italian 7th battalion, 11th division on the Austrian front in 1918?

The top image shows a postcard dated 7/10/1918, which was sent to my grandfather on the occasion of his 26th birthday. He is 3rd from the left. I’m having difficulty making out what it says on the ...
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What is this seal that looks like a bell?

The box on the top left of this picture is stamped with a seal that resembles a bell. Below is LOC photo of the replica of Oswald's gun. The stamp is located in the top left. LOC notes on the photo ...
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Identify a WW1 uniform

What is this uniform? Photo of my grandfather. I believe he was in the British Army in India during WW1, possibly Army Pay Corps as he was deaf so could not fight. I cannot find anything about the ...
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Which decade was this US Army Field Artillery ring created? [duplicate]

This is a US Army Field Artillery ring, does anyone know which decade it was made?
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What date/rank is this Italian uniform?

Believed to be from the 1920's from the Turkish or WW1 Any insights into dates, and rank would be great
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What does CBI mean in block 36 of discharge form WD AGO Form 53-55?

I have recently received a copy of my uncle's WWII discharge form (WD AGO Form 53-55) and cannot find a source that defines the destination acronym of "CBI" listed in Block 36. Does anyone ...
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What is this medal?

I believe it’s British Army, though I am not sure from which era or conflict.
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What uniform is this person wearing?

The subject in question was a Lithuanian Army Private from 1944 to 1945 mentioned in a history we have found. There is a hammer and sickle emblem on the brim. This makes me think that, as part of the ...
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How to interpret this Swedish military uniform(circa 1895)?

We recently found a picture of my G.Grandfather Sandstrom (on the right) at approx. 20 years of age in what I believe to be a Swedish Cavalry uniform circa 1895. There is a 6 on the side of his shako ...
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What do the marking on these artillery shell casings in brass and steel mean?

I have two artillery shell casings, one brass, one steel that appear identical, height 229mm/9.0" app', base diameter 91mm/3.575" app', body diameter 81mm/3.190" app, I.D. diameter 75mm/...
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What are these shell case markings?

I have this shell case which was handed down in my family. We know very little about it and wondered if anyone can help identify the markings. I would be very grateful for any assistance.
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What are these historic tools?

I ask this question under to on topic heading of 'cultures and historical practices.' Can anyone identify these two objects? I thought the silver rod was either some kind of sewing or medical ...
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What is this metal box for, and where is it from?

The box was acquired at a thrift shop, no known provenance. It consists of a metal body with curved sides and a lid with a small handle that sits on top without being secured in any way. The inside is ...
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What could be the origin of this polychrome wooden statue?

I purchased this statue at an estate sale. I initially thought it was depicting a Wise Man from a nativity scene, but the back is flat indicating it was against a wall. Now I'm thinking it was ...
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What is the uniform in this photo of my Great Grandmother’s father?

My Great Great Grandfather - Assuming late 1800s. Possibly Germany? Looking to identify the uniform or badge on the hat. I have no other background information. Any thoughts are appreciated.
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What is all the equipment used by the Russian imperial army?

What is the equipment shown in this image? I would like to know what the belts are and what some of the other equipment is and if you know where to buy them that would be helpful. thank you to ...
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What is the origin and rank of this military uniform?

Uncle got this, I believe in desert storm. Dunno how he got it and he didn't wanna talk about it so I didn't ask. Please help me identify the origin and rank.
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What is my Grandpa's collar insignia?

This is a photograph of my grandpa, Douglas Howard. At his retirement, I believe he was a Major in the Devon and Dorset, but my info is vague. This was a photo he gave to his future wife, and my ...
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Identification of a WW1 German shell casing?

I have what I believe is a German WW1 shell casing. It is marked RhMF (54?) MARZ 1918 Düsseldorf. Approximately 8 1/2” diameter, 9 1/8” tall, 12 1/2 pounds. Any information would be much appreciated.
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Who is this decorated WWI Italian Army General?

This has been a tough one. I'm trying to identify who this is. He's an Italian General, and a highly decorated one, with four medals of valour, two crosses of war merit (Croce al Merito di Guerra), ...
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What nationality are the soldiers in these WW2 pictures?

These pictures were taken in the immediate post-war, 1945 or 1946 I guess, somewhere in central Europe (Austria, Czech Republic or Poland). I have blurred the faces because the pictures come from a ...
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Is this old oval copper coin Chinese?

Can someone identify this old hand-stamped copper coin? Is it possibly Chinese?
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Which British WW1 regiment is shown in this photograph?

This is a photograph of my Grandfather John Wilson who was born in Randlestown, Northern Ireland in February 1885. He moved to Scotland and served in WW1. He survived the war and died on 31st December ...
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Identification of military uniform, probably French or Italian

I'm trying to ID someone's military uniform in an old family photo. Not a lot of clues to go on, except that the man was probably French or Italian, maybe in a colonial setting. Perhaps someone can ...
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Military uniform identification ?French

This photo comes from a collection from my great grandmother. When she was in her 20's she is supposed to have been nanny to this officer's children. Supposedly his name was Jean Lerede and he was ...
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Help identifying an old bayonet

I was helping my parents move into a new place recently and my dad and I came across this old bayonet that my grandfather had given to my dad. My dad doesn't know anything of its history, so I'm ...
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Which uniform is this soldier wearing?

I think this uniform could be from the hussars, possibly 1800s. I have examined pages from the Imperial War Museum but had no luck.
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New Zealand uniform or elsewhere?

I am trying to identify the man in this photo and thought I'd start with the uniform. The photo was among New Zealand photos, but I don't see the NZ on his badge. I'd be grateful for any information.
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What kind of uniform is this, with a closed collar on a WWI British General?

The British Army's Service Dress uniform "has been referred to as No. 2 Dress, with the tunic being swapped out for a jacket with an open collar for wear with collared shirt and tie." King ...
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Can anyone identify this European uniform? Likely Belgian or French

Does anyone recognise the uniform in this photo? I found it in a box of my late Grandma's photos and letters. She was Belgian, and I know some of our ancestors were in the French military thanks to a ...
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Identification of Stalingrad memorabilia medallions

Some time in the 1970s, an academic from Riga, Latvia, visited my grandfather (a physicist) in the UK and gave these Stalingrad "medals" (for want of a better word) to his sons. 50 years on, ...
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Does anyone recognize these uniforms?

Need assistance identifying the country of origin of a painting depicting men at war. I have also included pictures of the back in case anyone knows the language and can narrow it down. The language ...
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What do the insignias on the collar shown in this photograph stand for?

Photo of my grandfather circa 1918-1945. He was born in Trieste and was in the merchant marines before jumping ship in US. Joined the US Army and was recruited as an agent for the OSS. Trying to ...
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Is this a real 400 year old (brass or bronze ) coin?

what the seller told me about this coin: It’s a 400 year old coin, it was found in Pakistan and he said some thing like mintmultani (may be it’s a language or name of a place), students from China ...
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Could anyone please help me identify who this is meant to be?

I recently purchased this bust at an estate sale. It was advertised as an Egyptian goddess, but I don't think that is accurate at all. It looks to be more Asian in design. Any ideas who it is meant to ...
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What is the size of these coins?

I came across this image, taken at the Shanghai Museum (Wikipedia Shanghai Museum), on Wikipedia. It would be helpful if someone could identify these coins for me. I would primarily be interested in ...
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Is this a Russian naval uniform?

This is a family photo of a relative who might have been in the Imperial Russian Navy in 1915.
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