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.

64 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
10
votes
0answers
592 views

What is this old dual-disc metal object with a spindle? [more pictures added]

[Updated: There are now pictures of both top and side views. Scroll to bottom of post to see the side views.] While sorting through family artifacts, I found a black metal two-layer disc with a long ...
9
votes
0answers
268 views

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. ...
9
votes
0answers
209 views

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 ...
9
votes
0answers
494 views

Could depicted items (brooch, urn, key) really be 3000 years old?

My father, who died a few years ago, has left the depicted items to me. Apparently he found them as fragments near a local hill. He had the items dated by some authority and according to that source ...
9
votes
1answer
452 views

Can anyone identify this sword guard?

I dug this sword guard while I was metal detecting at a Revolutionary War site. I have been researching for days and asking for assistance on other forums but I have not had any success. I would ...
6
votes
0answers
187 views

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 ...
5
votes
0answers
283 views

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 ...
5
votes
0answers
166 views

Who is second from the left in the photo of the Salonika Trial Indictees (1917)?

In the wikipedia entry for the Salonika Trial, which proceeded from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, there's this photo: Indictees at the Salonika trial, after the verdict. Does ...
5
votes
0answers
345 views

Identify Olympic Coin with USA and Japan flags

A friend has found a coin which has been a hassle to identify. It is a silver coin, which on one side has a Japanese flag and an USA flag crossed. On the reverse side is the Olympic Rings and some ...
5
votes
0answers
1k views

Is this really “Napoleon’s March”?

The Chabad/Lubavitch Jewish group have a tradition that this song originated as a military march played by Napoleon’s armies as they invaded Russia: http://www.chabad.org/multimedia/media_cdo/aid/...
4
votes
0answers
235 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
136 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
159 views

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
4
votes
0answers
121 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
219 views

Help identify details from a Soviet military uniform?

My family on my great-grandfather's side came from Romania and I have a picture of one of his brothers in a soviet military uniform. I know nothing of his involvement in the military and was hoping ...
3
votes
0answers
197 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
174 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
187 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
169 views

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!
3
votes
0answers
170 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
168 views

Can anyone identify the regiment and rank from this photograph?

Can anyone identify the regiment this officer belongs to and his rank please? He seems to be wearing an Indian General service medal (1895-1902 pattern) with a battle clasp, but I cannot make out the ...
3
votes
0answers
168 views

Can anyone help identify this uniform?

I found this in my great-aunt's pictures after she passed, but no one in my family knows who it might be. We're not even sure it's an American uniform as her side of the family came over from Germany ...
3
votes
0answers
342 views

Does anyone recognize this signature

I have this beautiful painting and I am curious who the artist is? There is a signature on bottom rhs but I am having trouble reading it. thanks
3
votes
0answers
232 views

What uniform is this man wearing in South Wales just before World War 2?

This picture is from a Swansea Facebook group. It was taken in South Wales just before World War 2. He was thought to be a member of the Coast Guard or Civil Defence. What uniform is this man wearing?...
3
votes
0answers
120 views

Which time period is this wax doll?

We have an antique doll which we would like to learn more about. Can you please identify which time period this could possibly be from and the traditional dress they are wearing? If it's possible, the ...
3
votes
0answers
181 views

Can you identify this military uniform? Montana 1850-1920

Portrait taken in Montana-best guess between 1850 and 1920. WWI?? Slouch hat. Single-breasted coat with 5 or 6 buttons. Breast pocket on each side; diagonal, flap with button. Knee-high boots. Curvy ...
3
votes
1answer
333 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
213 views

Can anybody identify the cap-badge and/or uniform in this image?

Can anybody identify the cap-badge and/or uniform in this image? I'm hoping the period is c. 1899/1900 and should be UK based??? My searches to date have turned up a blank; but then I have no ...
2
votes
0answers
120 views

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?
2
votes
0answers
83 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
111 views

Can anyone help to identify the uniforms in this photograph?

Can anyone help to identify the uniforms in this photograph? All I know is that Kroonstad was then part of the Orange River Colony - formed around 1900 Thanks
2
votes
0answers
158 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
149 views

Can anyone offer information on this WWI[?] shell?

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
106 views

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!
2
votes
0answers
198 views

Could someone help me identify this button from a WW2 prison camp field?

I'm struggling to identify a button found in a field in Italy, where WW2's prison camps were built. Searching online I found a lot of American's Civil War buttons that could be related to it, based on ...
2
votes
0answers
168 views

To which age these coins belong?

I want to know where and in what age these 2 coins were produced:
2
votes
0answers
174 views

Was this kind of porcelain service common during some Chinese dynasty?

Here is a Chinese porcelain service of particular (lotus ?) shape : The squared cup actually doesn't belong to the same set, but the fact that it fits perfectly makes me wonder : was this kind of ...
2
votes
0answers
151 views

Where was this destroyed bridge in South Vietnam?

Can anyone provide the location of this destroyed bridge during the Vietnam War? I believe the sign at the end of the bridge refers to the Big Red One, 1st Infantry Division
2
votes
0answers
248 views

Trying to identify what military service, war and rank by the uniform

I have been searching google images, tried a reverse search and found nothing. I have looked on many sites and cannot identify the service. I do know he has 9 buttons on his coat, 3 on the cuffs, red ...
2
votes
0answers
194 views

What is this coin? Figure in rose. Rev: Mansion

Looks old can only make out one word (my death ) Other than that no idea.
2
votes
0answers
234 views

Can anyone help me identify these swords?

I'm not entirely sure what they are, but I don't want to give them up. They look really neat!
2
votes
0answers
221 views

What kind of medal is this?

I found this medal in UK. As far as I know the medal is from CCCP. I am living in Latvia and it used to be CCCP as well. On the medal you can see LIEPAJ and if there is missing letter then that must ...
2
votes
0answers
267 views

Does anyone know what this set of aviation wings represent?

Originally asked in the aviation stackexchange, though posted here under advice. I stumbled upon this set of aviation wings whilst searching through a box of old things, though I'm at a loss as to ...
1
vote
0answers
97 views

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’...
1
vote
0answers
86 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
186 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
201 views

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, ...
1
vote
0answers
35 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
87 views

Can anyone identify this early 20th century european costume/uniform?

Can anyone identify this costume/uniform for me? I am wondering if anyone recognises it or could connect it to any particular country or conflict. We found it in an album belonging to a great aunt who ...
1
vote
0answers
138 views

What branch of service and rank is this 1860 photo?

This is a cabinet photo taken by Kelley's in New York, but we are having a difficult time identifying his branch of service and rank. Any leads to this genealogical effort would be greatly appreciated!...