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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 possible uniform with decoration is my ancestor from New South Wales in the early 1900's wearing?

I have found the below picture of my ancestor. It was taken approximately in the early 1900's in New South Wales, Australia. I don't think he was knighted. I have found a census record that he was a ...
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Flag with 13 white stars and a crescent on red background

What flag is this? I saw this flag as a sticker on a car from another country. I could not recognize the plate so I do not know its nationality. My search on Google/images resulted mostly in the ...
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What kind of object is pictured in these two Roman fresco wall paintings?

Both are paintings in the same house near Naples. They were excavated from the ashes of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Apparently, they picture the same kind of object. But what is it?
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Which college president nearly finished a book in 1914 that argued that there would be no more wars?

In 1954, Presbyterian theologian Gordon Clark published a brief essay in which he criticized the moral optimism of the pre-WWI era. He included the following intriguing tidbit: In the summer of ...
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An Austrian Emperor who thought taking his own sweet time about rewarding his underlings was the best way to inspire respect?

I once glanced into a history book (which I don't own -- perhaps I was browsing in a library, years ago) and saw a reference to the following: Once upon a time, there was a Hapsburg boy who grew up ...
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Identifying the Soldier in this minature painting

I bought a minature painting in a wooden / gilt frame. The portrait is signed Lila Sampson. Inside the frame was another miniature painting of a man in uniform. I am trying to find out more about both ...
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Identification of Seaplane Type

Nothing included on this old photograph other than it is a seaplane. Is it possible to know the manufacturer and where it was flown?
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Could anybody identify the rank/regiment of this soldier?

Image of British soldier, probably taken in the late 1800s. Born in 1825, died in 1899. Could you help me identify his rank and regiment?
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What uniform does PewDiePie wear in this picture?

There has been a recent controversy with the YouTuber PewDiePie accusing him of being a racist/Nazi. This is a video where he is wearing a brown uniform while watching a Hitler video is considered ...
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Can anyone tell me anything about this sword?

Can anyone tell me anything about this sword? It hangs in my husband's great grandmother's house for as long as he can remember.
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Use separation papers to identify a US soldier's WWII service in Northern France GO 46 WD 45

My father was a US soldier in WWII. This is on my Father's Separation Papers. William M Boer 32 000 120. Along with: Central Europe GO 48 WD 45. He was issued an EAME Service Ribbon, 3 ...
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Who is the model in this Edward Burne-Jones painting?

I am preparing a short article on Sir Edward Burne-Jones' Perseus Cycle, specifically the final painting, 'The Baleful Head.' It is crucial that I ascertain the identity of the woman whose likeness ...
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What is the flag in this 17th century painting?

I'm doing research on a painting 'Koppertjesmaandag' by Adriaen van Nieulandt in 1633. In the right corner of the painting you can see a couple of ships with their flags. One in particular is a gold ...
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Chinese Copper Cash Coin. “咸豐通寶 Xianfeng Tongbao”

I found this Chinese copper coin, which I believe is a 4/2 characters type. One side is almost legible, the other not due to sea corrosion. I am reluctant to clean it without knowing what or from ...
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Can you identify this military uniform?

My Dad bought this painting and this is the only photo he sent me of it. I started out looking all over to find resources with military uniforms through history, but they seem to leave out the dress ...
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Name for a position in a noble household in the medieval period (c.13-14)

In Portugal, the woman charged with taking care of a noble person's body (cleanliness, clothes, etc) was called 'covilheira' (also spelt 'cuvilheira'). Her job (this was always a woman's job) ...
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Can someone identify this uniform?

This was my great great grandfather. He arrived at the port of Tampico in Mexico in the second half of the 19th century. Identifying his military uniform would help me a lot knowing where I come from. ...
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Can you please help identify this military uniform (1700's)?

I came into possession of this painting recently. It was displayed at the Winterthur museum in the 1800's...and was owned by Henry Francis Du Pont. There is paper taped to the back that says this ...
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Who were those Vietnamese translators?

I was watching a footage from (I believe an early stage) Vietnam War and here and there I see Vietnameses troopers among American troopers. You can distinguish them by red robe on their necks (like ...
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What is this sword?

I've been trying to identify this sword/knife (it's quite short) for sometime and no one has been able to tell me anything about it. A friend brought it home from Indonesia and gave it to me, I think ...
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Who made this Sino-Soviet Propaganda Poster?

Who made this Sino-Soviet Propaganda Poster? And, why was it made so early? By the left armpit, there is a signature: The Who: I believe this says "ВИКТОР ИВАНОВ" which google says translates to "...
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From what time can this jewelry date?

Last summer my little brother dug up this piece of jewelry with his metal detector in France (near Vichy). It's roughly 5 cm from top to bottom. It has no hallmarks. From what time period could this ...
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Which period is this game map supposed to represent? [closed]

I have gotten my hands on a handmade Diplomacy variant, however for the life of me I can't figure out which period it is supposed to represent. Of course the author had to take liberties when ...
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Lenin Jacket Picture: What's the story?

What is the story behind this photo? When was this photo taken? Who are the models? This photo, in many places on the internet, even in this article on "Chinese wikipedia", is shown as an example of ...
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What uniform is this?

At a family reunion in Alberta my brother showed me a photograph of a young man in a dress military uniform. The photograph was on paper using a process common at the turn of the century. I can't find ...
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What kind of uniform is this?

This is a picture of an uncle and his friend taken about 1925 or 1930. I don't know if he was in the US military or not, but this seems to be a US Infantry uniform. Can anyone identify the uniform? ...
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Language used on a dagger hilt, supposedly of Persian provenance, ca. 1700-1750

Could anyone guess what language is used in the sign made on this dagger hilt, supposedly of Persian provenance, and dated approx. 1700-1750? A fellow translator asked if I knew, and naturally I ...
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What coin is this? Arabic: 10 Fulus, over crossed wheat and lead

Years ago (maybe 15), my grandfather gave me this coin and I have no idea what it is or where it came from. Can anyone help? I'm pretty sure it came from the Middle East (he did a lot of work there ...
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French Military uniform identification

I'm trying to identify the uniform in this picture of my great-great-great uncle Leon. The picture was taken some time between 1860 to 1890 we think. I've done image searches for uniforms from that ...
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Who's this Egyptian woman?

I was wonder who this woman was. It isn't Nefertiti, so I was wondering if this was Isis or Cleopatra or perhaps anyone else, I'm unsure. The symbol on her head is a snake and she's just holding a ...
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Identification of Aircraft, Weimar, Germany, May, 1945

Identification of Aircraft, Weimar, Germany, May, 1945. ck.imgur.com/S83TI.jpg
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What is Lorenzo de' Medici holding in this painting?

Recently someone I know visited the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Italy. I'm told this painting of Lorenzo de' Medici by Girolamo Macchietti hangs there. We've been unable to figure out what he's holding ...
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Identification of two leaders in Hungarian revolution

Who are these two figures involved in the revolution in Hungary after the first world war?
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Who are all the people in this photo of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, 1964?

I've been trying to figure this out for a while, and it's really bugging me. Seeing Robert F. Kennedy (if I'm right) in the background there made me really curious about everyone else around Lyndon ...
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Who is this person?

I came across with the following picture, which is a little blurry and unclear. Unfortunately I couldn't find anything about it. Can anybody help me ?
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Clay Bulla token/coin identification needed. Struck coin

What type of bulla is this? This was givin to me with no information, I can only say it might be clay and copper.
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What are Gottfried Juch Ferlach guns?

I have came into possession of a double barrel firearm, apparently for hunting. The only inscription it has is Gottfried Juch Ferlach. It is quite interesting, since it has some really beautiful ...
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Identification of location of ship yard or naval base

I need help in identifying the location of this ship yard or naval base.
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Identification of type of aircraft and time period

Identification of aircraft NC31602 and year or decade of photo
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Did any part of the Netherlands ever use this flag?

Was there ever any part of the Netherlands which had this flag? Guilherme Paula - Public Domain
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Can you identify the “Tank Limo”?

Dame Vivienne Westwood uses a "tank" to protest fracking. It's not a tank, but a strange Armored Personnel Carrier that I cannot identify. The markings indicate it is the "Tank Limo" hired from Tanks-...
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What was this small state in the south of France in 1789?

On wikipedia I came across the following rough political map of Europe in 1789: To my surprise there seems to be a small state enclaved in the south of France, circled in the picture. I have no clue ...
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What does the inscription on this sword mean?

The British Library has a 13th century sword with unknown inscription. They recently started a call to arms to translate the inscription. The inscription reads: NDXOXCHWDRGHDXORVI Its meaning is ...
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Please help identify aircarft

Can anyone help identify this aircraft. I was told it is a Northrup design. Looks pre WWII to me. Al
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What is this household object from early 1900s rural Russia?

At the Kalashnikov museum in Izhevsk, one of the exhibits includes this item: It is a yoke-shaped square bar of light, unvarnished wood, roughly 100 cm long, with rounded corners. There is a hole ...
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King associated with the number four

Long back, in a children's magazine, I had read a trivia about a certain king, whose life had multiple associations with the number four. I cannot recollect what the associations were exactly, but ...
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Who is the man in the red jacket in this painting?

This is a painting from near 1850 that depicts a (famous) French man, possibly noble, in a park, maybe Paris. Is he a Minister? King? Military? Whoever he might be, I consider he is important, since ...
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Strange symbol on Midwest brick home

I am looking for help or guidance with something located on my parents 100 plus year old (we believe early 1900's, maybe earlier) brick home. They live in IL, just east of St. Louis, MO and have ...
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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 ...