1831P Wilkinson Sword Victorian General's
Wilkinson Sword made for Brigadier General Julius Edmund Goodwyn
C.B. in July 1865, a very good Victorian British army general officer's
mameluke sabre, some ivory loss / damage / repair but otherwise
in very good condition.
Wilkinson serial number 13813; the Wilkinson sales ledger entry
(provided upon request / to the buyer) confirms this British army
general's mameluke was sold to (Brigadier) General Julius Edmund
Goodwyn C.B. (details of his career further down).
The sword is in very good condition except for some ivory damage
/ loss / repair (as photographed). As you would expect from Wilkinson
Sword, the quality is very high indeed.
The 31 1/4 inch blade, well etched with crossed sabre and baton
emblems for a general officer, plus Victorian royal cypher and scrolls,
is in very good condition for its age; some spotting, some wear,
but not much. The blade is firm in the hilt. The ivory grip sections
have repairs, especially one side and around the pommel area; grip
rosettes are present and good. The brass scabbard has various dings
and dents especially towards the chape / drag but in general is
good. The sword sheathes and draws well.
This is a stunning sword and with the provenance an evocative and
very sound investment. Further / full sized images are available
upon request. Please quote item reference I17
Julius Edmund Goodwyn C.B. (1824-1890) was born in Middlesex on
the 21st Feb, 1824, the son of Thomas Wildman Goodwyn and Elizabeth,
He entered the British Army as Ensign with the 41st Regiment of
Foot on the 5th January 1844, and by May 1850 he had attained the
rank of Captain (by purchase) in the same regiment. In September
1854 with the 1st Battalion 41st Regiment of Foot, Captain Goodwyn
landed in the Crimea and subsequently fought in the Battle of Alma,
where he was promoted to Major, the Siege of Sebastopol, the Battle
at Inkerman, where he was temporarily promoted to Lt. Colonel of
the 41st following the death of his commanding officer Colonel Eman,
a position made permanent on the 8th Sept 1855. He was wounded in
the first attack on the Redan on the 18th June 1855.
For his services in the Crimean War Colonel Goodwyn received the
Crimea Medal with three clasps, the 5th Class of the Medjidie, the
Turkish Medal, and was created a Knight of the Legion d'Honneur.
On the 2nd January 1857 he was created a Companion of the Order
of the Bath.
From the 18th May 1857 to 30th April 1860 he was posted in the West
Indies, and in March of 1858 he was commissioned as Colonel of the
41st Regiment of Foot. During this posting in the West Indies he
married Euphemia Alexandrina Victoria Kent on the 29th Sept 1858
at Port Royal, Jamaica.
In 1865 General Goodwyn was stationed in India where he was promoted
to Brigadier General in 1866 in the Bengal Presidency. He died March
4th, 1890 in Somerset, aged 66