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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Which person is portrayed in this statue?

I was visiting the Capitolini Museum in Rome last week and this statue caught my attention, It was sad that I couldn't find more information about it but I hope someone could identify it or give more ...
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What is the flower-like motif appearing right on top of the arches of structures built by Qutb Shahi dynasty?

This floral motif could be found on almost every structure built by the Qutub Shahi dynasty/ the Deccan Sultanate. Below image is from Charminar, Hyderabad. Similar motifs on Qutb Shahi Tombs: One ...
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Can anyone identify this 19th century US military uniform?

I found this among our family photos and am trying to figure out who it might be.
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When was this picture of Ostend taken?

(I originally [erroneously] posted this on Travel SE, but it was recommended that I repost here.) I found this postcard at a flea market (in the US) and am very curious when it was taken, or if any of ...
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Does anyone know the history on this artillery shell I found in my grandfather’s shed?

The shell is 57 mm in diameter and 170mm long. There is a hole in the bottom of the shell 13 mm in diameter. Any information on this shell would be greatly appreciated. I would like to keep it in my ...
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Can you identify this dress uniform (Lucknow, India, around 1911)?

My husband’s grandmother, born illegitimate, did not know her father. She was told that this is him. She was conceived in India in November 1911. I would like to identify the dress uniform. I know it’...
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What's the rank of this Liberian Army Officer?

Can anyone tell me what rank is this Liberian Army Officer?
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Can anyone identify this coin found in Spain?

Can anyone identify this coin? Other side Width: 25mm, edge: 3mm; found on rocks by the sea on east coast of Spain.
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What is this item?

I bought this thing (medallion? military decoration? jewelry? something else?) just because I've become obsessed with figuring out what this broken thing is. Any ideas? The medallion is about 3 ...
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I need to know the dates this uniform was used

Attached is a picture of my relative in a USA military uniform. I would like to know when this uniform was in use and what branch of service and rank the soldier held.
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Can anyone identify this European ?naval uniform from photograph and likely date (belle époque)?)

Possibly late 1800s, early 1900s. Almost certainly from the UK. Epaulettes may indicate Naval?
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Help identifying this WWI Italian uniform

My great grandfather served in the Italian army in WWI and this is the only photo we have of him in uniform. He said he was a runner in the war but otherwise we don’t know much about his time during ...
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Need help identifying the military service and rank

Thinking WW1. Photos in box of family stuff.
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What is the painting within this 17th c. painting?

At the center of The Sciences and the Arts, a 17th-century painting attributed to the Flemish painter Adriaen van Stalbemt, two men in the center appear to be discussing a smaller canvas on which a ...
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Help identify this ceremony (probably 1930's London)?

This image was found in a collection that suggests that it is likely to be in London, perhaps 1930 or a bit earlier. It may be the laying of a foundation stone. We'd like to identify the event. Are ...
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Can anyone help identify this, possibly Greek, type of uniform/dress?

I found this old picture of my great great grandfather and my mother isn’t sure what he is wearing. She did say we have some Greek roots from one side of the family. Thank you!
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Can anyone help identify this uniform /person?

We have found this old photograph among some family records but have no idea who it is of. Can anyone identify the uniform .... We would love to know who the person is but doubt will be that lucky in ...
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What is this 17th century Swiss coin?

I am trying to find more information about a coin that my father gave me before passing. All I know is that the coin is supposedly from the 17th century, Bern, Switzerland. I have found similar coins, ...
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Can you help me identify this Italian Royal Army Uniform?

1These are three silver gelatin photograph, each measuring 9 x 6 3/4 inches. I have a total of five photos: three different images, two are repeats. In two of the images, the subject is posing with a ...
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What type of uniform and cap emblem could my great grandfather be wearing? We have been told that it is maybe a Cossack

This picture was given to me and I was told it was the only picture we have of our great grandfather. He looks quite young in the photo (maybe around 15-16, he was born about 1878). My guess is this ...
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Can anyone help me identify this old coin?

I have this old coin and I would like to know about it.
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Can anyone identify the military branch and rank of the man in the front row? This is from Germany @1932

I assume the boy on the right is in a Hitler youth uniform but I don't know the uniform of the man in front, maybe a Prussian uniform? They were from the eastern part of Germany (now Poland) - Silesia....
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In WWII, how were all pilots/soldiers able to identify enemy vehicles?

After watching Saving Private Ryan and other documentaries for WWII, they made it seem like everyone was able to identify enemy vehicles very easily. For example, in Saving Private Ryan, they were ...
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Does anyone recognize the identity and location of this octagonal structure?

The attached picture is from the video Unique color footage of The Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg - YouTube at about 2:52. It is of an octagonal structure, possibly in Nazi Germany. Not sure if the ...
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Can anyone help to identify this picture of a relative wearing a possibly Polish/Russian/Prussian uniform?

I found this photo and tried to match to uniforms of the time around 1911. Can’t find one with similar pockets or stripes. Can you help to identify? My sister says person on left is grandfather. They ...
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Can you identify this uniform?

Photo was found in a trunk belonging to my great grandmother, grandparents, passed on to uncle.
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Can anyone help me identify this Coat of Arms?

Can anyone help me identify this coat of arms? As far as I can identify, there are 2 Lion Rampant regardant. A Pelican in her nest, a crown, a shield with stars. It is on a small galleried tray that I ...
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Has this rock been engineered by humans and, if so, what was its use?

I found this rock in my garden (Cheshire, UK) and wondered whether it had been fashioned by humans for some use. If so what was it used for and what is its history? The two largest holes on either ...
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What is this decorative metal object with overlapping squares?

Can anyone identify this object? Found in a rockpool, exposed at low tide, just East of the entrance to Plymouth Sound, South West UK. It feels like it's made of metal. There's a square in the centre ...
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Can anyone tell me anything about the markings on these shell casings?

These shell casings have been passed down. Can anyone tell me anything about the markings?
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What kind of US Army uniform is this?

My girlfriend found this uniform in the closet of her father. He passed some time ago. This uniform was in his possession and we are someone confused. This is obviously an US-American Uniform, yet her ...
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Does anyone know anything on the history or any other information on this dagger? [closed]

(click to enlarge) Looking for information on this dagger: its history, value or anything anyone can provide.
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Can anyone identify these (possibly WW1 Polish) uniforms?

The only hint I have is that the gentlemen in the picture were Polish and it was reputed to have been taken in 1917. So far I suspect that they may be cavalry?
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Identify the circa 1920 uniform in this photo

The photo is dated 1920. Quality isn't brilliant, but we need the uniform information for the family tree. The lady would have been 22 in 1920. Birthplace was London. Nationality: British. Traveled ...
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What is the name of this ancient means of identification based on broken objects?

I'm gathering data about the origins of identification/authentication means. I remember having read about a way of identifying a friend, during the bronze age. Maybe during classical antiquity also. ...
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How can I find out what the printed numbers mean on the back of an older photo?

I have two color photos from Crete, Greece. Maybe around the 1960-70's? The size of the photo is about 3-1/2" x 5". I believe it had a white border but I think someone trimmed it. There is ...
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Can you help identify this European military uniform?

This picture was found in the possessions of a great-aunt who immigrated from Volhynia, Russia to Canada around 1908. My family is ethnically German, and many of the Volhynian Germans originally came ...
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Can anyone help identify this statuette?

The statuette has been in my family for 3 generations now. It is presumed to be from Morocco and was brought to us before the second world war. It is damaged and it had an ivory rosary that was stolen ...
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Who is this Asian figure?

I’m looking for help in identifying this figure. I bought this box at a thrift store a few years back because it was silver and because it looked nice. Every once in a while, curiosity hits me as I ...
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What organization/agency/unit wore this uniform?

The woman in the attached photo worked as a teletype operator for the Army Air Corps on Geiger Field, near Spokane, Washington 1941-44. I don’t believe that she was enlisted, but worked in a civilian ...
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Can anyone identify this uniform? Is it from Sweden or USA?

I have 2 photos of my husband's grandfather Edwin Albin (1884-1962) that were taken in Minnesota in 1906. I’m hoping to find out more about the uniform Albin is wearing. Albin's father Claus August ...
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What time period is this uniform?

I know this person was a family member. I have family on this side who served in the Civil War as well as WWI and WWII. I identified the hat pin as Infantry, 8th Regiment, Company B. Also, I think ...
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Can anyone identify the country, rank, and unit of this WWI Uniform?

A photograph of my grandfather, Stephen Peter Barbustiak (sp of last name changed during immigration process). DOB 20 August 1895 in Odorin, present day Slovakia. Married September 3, 1917. I know he ...
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Can you help identify this European military uniform and medals?

My husband and I moved into a house that was built in 1900 in Wisconsin. We found some old pictures down in the basement, and I'm curious if I can figure out who the couple is? I thought I could ...
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Where is the location of this large stump and monument (lighthouse?) background?

On back of photo "Yellow fir 12 ft. dia. monument in background." The photo is from a collection of logging photos from Washington State and British Columbia.
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What coin is this? [closed]

This is a coin I found in my grandmother's collection of old things. I would like to identify it. I'm not sure if its a replica or not.
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Can you identify this (possibly Bulgarian) uniform?

can someone identify the country the uniform is from? Context: Must have been born before 1880. First served in the Austro-Hungarian army, perhaps as an officer servant, possibly to a man who later ...
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Can you identify this US Army uniform?

This is my great-grandfather. I would like to know what he did in the Army. Can you identify whether he was infantry or cavalry?
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Can someone help identify this statue?

please if anyone can give any info on a statue my aunt found in her garden (elkton oregon)
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Could someone help to identify this Japanese mon found on what appears to be a late Edo Period Jingasa?

I am trying to identify the following Japanese mon: My research has hinted that the tortoise-shell shape may be of Shinto influence and that the triune division is a form depiction of the tomoe, but ...

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