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Old 3rd July 2021, 02:59 AM   #1
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Default 16th C European Trident (War Fork)?

Greetings fellow enthusiasts. I recently acquired this beautiful war fork from Europe. Titled War Fork 1600ís.

It appears similar to some documented examples, but not identical in form.

May I ask if anyone with experience in European polearms has any insight on this piece?

Cheers and thanks.
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Old 3rd July 2021, 02:11 PM   #2
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Most interesting David ... but, are you sure this is European ?
Any marks ?
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Old 3rd July 2021, 06:38 PM   #3
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Hi Fernando,
Iím not 100 % sure itís European, but Iíve never seen a trident like this design in any other region, personally. Iím pretty familiar with Indian and Chinese trident forms.


Any ideas of which region if not Europe?

Unfortunately there arenít any markings I can see, but Iíll scour it more today and see if thereís any hidden away.

I attached an image that showed several European war forks.
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So it is European, David; it is just that i had some doubts about the shape, like looking Asian ... but what do i know .
One thing is certain; it is a beautiful piece .
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Hi Fernando,
Itís definitely a mystery piece for sure. Thanks, I love itís form. I hope itís as old as the ones in the illustration.

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Old 4th July 2021, 01:27 PM   #6
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Do you know where you got that illustration, David ?
I went through authors like George Snook and John Waldman and the only style of polearms resembling yours is the RUNKA. However the differences in shape and construction look visibly different.

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