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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Can you identify this Empire flagged c1913 single stack ocean liner?

I believe my great-grandparents arrived on this ship in 1913. I cannot find the name of the ship. The family immigrated to Canada in 1913 from Belgium. They may have arrived in Quebec, or Saint John, ...
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What does this lapel pin signify?

Metal with painted areas. Center area has an insignia. I have checked online at several places with no luck. https://i.stack.imgur.com/YR0Iz.jpg Palm sized. Gold sunburst cross 0°. Superimposed gold ...
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What regiment is this (~1826-1861) French cuirass cavalry uniform?

I would be grateful if you would take the time to look at the uniform in this photograph and suggest a regiment. I have included some background information and hope you might have some ideas for me ...
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Can anyone identify this military uniform?

Can anyone identify this uniform? I'm not sure it is military or scouts? I'm guessing this is WWII era or earlier in the United States.
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Can anyone help me identify my grandfather's uniform?

Can anyone help me identify my paternal grandfather's uniform? I never knew him and he died when my father was 8 years old and my father has passed too. No living family members who can tell me if ...
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Identify tank or artillery shell

I found this shell by the sea of Galilee in 1967 and it makes a great door stop. I've not been able to identify it by searching the web. Can anyone tell me anything about it. It is solid iron, 17cm by ...
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What uniform is this French gentleman wearing? [closed]

Can anyone help me identify the uniform that this gentleman is wearing?
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What uniform is in this painting?

This is a painting of a man in a military uniform, possibly a French officer.
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Please help me identify the military uniform in picture below

Can anyone identify this military uniform?
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Can you identify this artillery shell?

I'm not sure but my grandfather says that it is from time of first world war. As his father served in British army during 1st world war. He(great grandfather) has done some kind of modification on it. ...
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Help identify this poster of early 1900's movie with a woman sitting on a bench and a man behind holding her arm

I'm trying to identify the movie of this poster in the front of a movie theater from a picture dated 1904 1917. It depicts what looks like a woman sitting on a bench in a white dress, and a man ...
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What can these photos say about my father's service for the British in WWII?

I am trying to determine what my father did in the armed forces during the second world war and have very little to go on apart from these three photos. The first one with three people was taken in ...
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Where is this possibly WWI Eastern European military uniform from? [closed]

This family members picture is a mystery. I would like to be able to know what country and military unit this uniform is from. I think is is eastern Europe around World war 1 era.
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What uniform is this (German/WW1?) and could a 15–16 year old be wearing it?

I was told that this would be a German uniform from WW1. Is that correct? I would assume that would be right, however, the picture is from spring 1917 and the young man was only 15–16 years old in ...
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How can I research an old Nazi ring that grandfather brought back from war? [closed]

My grandfather brought back a ring, it has the swastika on it. How can I find out more about it and the value it? I have asked several people and gone to many pawnshops, I have no idea where else to ...
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What is the emblem on this ring?

After cleaning up a local cave, among lots of trash this ring was found laying underneath. Can anyone identify this emblem? Location: Center, Israel
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What pre-industrial battle used a tactic to split the enemy force in the middle in this way?

I remember watching a video on a pre-industrial battle (maybe even pre musket, but not sure) on a unique battle technique. Cavalry was involved, as well as slingshot and infantry. For some reason my ...
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Identifying this uniform, possibly German or Polish

This photo was in my great-aunt's album. She only identified it as "he came from Germany", but the picture was taken in Bunzlau, which I believe to be in Poland. I am guessing it is from ...
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What uniform are these gentlemen wearing?

What uniform are these four guys wearing, and what medal is the central guy wearing? Possibilities are likely something Austro-hungarian or Romanian, possibly around 1900. Bonus question: what are ...
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Did a fallen-out red signal lens ever cause a railway accident?

The Straight Dope (Cecil Adams, 1986) writes: When the first primitive railroad signaling devices were developed in the 1830s and 1840s, red meant “stop,” green meant “caution,” and clear (i.e., ...
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Help on finding out about a sword

After my mother passed away, I found this sword. I'm trying to get any information on it. It's one-piece, and appears to be brass under all the erosion but I could be wrong about the metal. I think it'...
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What tanks/armored vehicles are in these pictures?

Need help in identifying the tanks/armored vehicles in the picture. Date - 11 Aug 2019 Location - Birmenstorf, Switzerland Event - “A Convoy to remember” commemorating 75 Anniversary of WW2 Normandy ...
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Who is this person depicted on the “Ianua Nova” Latin textbooks?

My old Latin text book from school was called Ianua Nova and had a gentleman depicted on the front cover who looked like this: I do not remember (if I ever knew) who he is. Considering that it is a ...
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What is this Victorian era British uniform?

Could someone help me identify this British Victorian period uniform? Is it possible to know the regiment and rank from the photo? (No name, no date, but certainly taken in the 1880s-1890s) Thanking ...
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Please help with identifying this uniform, taken in Turkey 1940s

My Greek uncle worked in the American Embassy in Turkey and this picture I believe was taken in the embassy, circa 1940s - he was about 20+ then. I have researched epaulettes, uniforms of the Turkish ...
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Does anyone recognize this uniform?

I think it may be a Polish uniform, but I'm not sure. The eagle hanging down from the chest pocket seems unique in my web surfing for similar uniforms My family came to US from Snietnica, Galicia in ...
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Which Commiphora species produces the Biblical Myrrh?

The Biblical Myrrh resin is said to come from either Commiphora Myrrha or Commiphora Habessinica (Abyssinian). Which is it? Here are two sites saying it's C. Habessinica: 1, 2. Here is a site ...
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Which myths do these wooden carvings depict?

I found these wooden tableaux in my grandfather's storage basement after he died. He was an interior decorator in Los Angeles who bought and sold a lot of Asian art pieces, principally Chinese and ...
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1 coin found in Sachsen Anhalt Germany, please help me to identify the coin [duplicate]

My son also found the same coin in spiel platz while he was playing. Have you got any further infornation about your 2 coins?
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WWI[?] Shell casing Identification, Brass Centrefire 47.R. MA.I.1 6-16. (?) Grenade symbol

Can anybody offer any information on this shell. led to believe its WW1. It is a Brass Centrefire. The base is marked 47.R. at 12 o'clock. From 8 o'clock through 3 o'clock it is marked: 8 ...
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When and where is this probably silver cross with a hollow from?

Someone in my family came across a cross of unknown origin. We thought the material might be silver and looked for a stamp / mark. We found something... but we are not able to identify it. Please ...
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What British WW1 uniform is depicted on this photo from Taunton?

I am trying to research my grandfather’s WW1 service record. All I have to go on is this photo, which has a Taunton photography studio on the back. I think it might be the Somerset Light Infantry, but ...
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Identify male uniform 1860-80 north Central Europe single breast trouser boot round cap

This photo is believed to be from 1860-1880 Poland/Lithuania, as the house behind them looks like a Polish thatch house. The man in question is in the center back of the photo. Uniform is single ...
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What is the title of the Magritte painting that shows a horse-headed woman looking out of a stone window?

I hope this is a reasonable place to ask this question, at least until an art history StackExchange shows up. My memory is hazy about this but I seem to remember a René Magritte painting that depicts ...
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What post-photographic 19th US century dark skirted stripe embroidered jacket, hard brim and top forage cap, light trousers, sword uniform is this?

What US uniform is this? Post-photographic 19th US century dark skirted stripe embroidered jacket, hard brim and top forage cap, light trousers, sword. (click to enlarge; picture purchased as part ...
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Identify mid 20C Western male dress uniform: three button, large high lapels, trousers, white collar dark tie no hat

can anybody identify the uniform on the photo? Thanks! These are relatives of mine, and I was hoping to find out in which country they are based on the uniform. Should be US or Argentina, based on ...
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Can anyone identify this (possibly Italian) uniform?

Can anyone identify this Military uniform for me? My guess is it is Italian, possibly somewhere between 1850 - 1907. May be from Salerno Campania Italy? Please help!
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Is this Civil War era uniform?

I have a photograph of a relative in uniform, likely from the 1800's. He's listed as a corporal. Any ideas as to the time period for this uniform. On the back of the photograph is written, "corporal ...
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Can anyone identify these three military uniforms?

Can anyone help identify these 3 uniforms? I have recently found out they could possibly be American military. The middle man is my great great uncle and sadly I have no other info to go on I’m ...
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WW1 trying to identify squadron and aircrew

Recently discovered photo belonging to my grandfather. I was told he took this but not so sure... He was connected with 57 Squadron but I can find no info about it. Keen to be able to identify anyone ...
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What ring is this?

I found this ring among my grandfather's things. (He would be in his late 90s, I think.) I tried to do a reverse image search on it, but could not identify it's origin. There are many eagles on the ...
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What do these artillery shell stamps indicate?

I found this inert shell decades ago at a garage sale in New Brunswick, Canada and finally got around to cleaning it up. I'm not really well versed in the various marks on it, but I've attached some ...
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In this cartoon from Puck, what indicates the identities of France and Britain?

According to Wikipedia, the participants in the naval arms race depicted in this cartoon are (clockwise, starting from the man in the blue jacket) the United States, Germany, Britain, France, and ...
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What is my ancestor wearing, and what is the purpose?

This is a photo of my ancestor from Donegal, Ireland, sometime in the 1800's. What is she wearing, and what is the significance, especially of the headpiece?
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Can anyone help identify the country, rank, and unit this WWI uniform is from?

I am looking to ID country, rank, and unit shown in this picture. I have already tried googling the collar insignia with no luck.
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What is the rank and date of this Italian Army uniform?

This a photo of my uncle from Cosenza, Italy. I believe it was taken around 1910. I would like to confirm a more accurate date range, as well as his rank. Thanks!
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How to find out if this sword is real or just a souvenir?

I received an old looking sword as a gift. The giving party has no information on the piece whatsoever, as it was bought online, on our local version of craigslist. The blade is very blunt. So blunt ...
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Can anybody please identify the military uniforms in this these photos?

It's a large tintype. He was in the 5th Infantry and the 16th Infantry. He joined the Army in 1858 and in 1869 then joined the Navy and was aboard the U.S.S. Lancaster until 1871. (Ignore the 1858 ...
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What uniform is this man wearing (probably Austro-Hungarian circa 1900)?

Trying to identify time period, soldier rank and war for this ancestor who live 1876-1918. Probably served in Austria Hungarian war. He was a Croat. It appears that the uniform is dark navy?

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