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Topee Collection

"Topee: A Timeless Symbol of British Military History" From the hallowed halls of the House of Commons to the distinguished chambers of the House of Lords

Background imageTopee Collection: House of Commons v. House of Lords, 1925, (1945). Creator: Unknown

House of Commons v. House of Lords, 1925, (1945). Creator: Unknown
House of Commons v. House of Lords, 1925, (1945). British politician and statesman Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) playing in the annual polo match at the Ranelagh Club in south west London

Background imageTopee Collection: The British Navy, 1837-1897, (early 20th century). Artist: TS Crowther

The British Navy, 1837-1897, (early 20th century). Artist: TS Crowther
The British Navy, 1837-1897, (early 20th century). A print from a supplement of The Army and Navy Gazette, (London)

Background imageTopee Collection: Label for le Toubib Aperitif and Tonic Wine, late 19th century (colour litho)

Label for le Toubib Aperitif and Tonic Wine, late 19th century (colour litho)
CHT224194 Label for le Toubib Aperitif and Tonic Wine, late 19th century (colour litho) by French School, (19th century); Musee de la Contrefacon, Paris, France; eArchives Charmet; French

Background imageTopee Collection: Types of soldiers from the first half of the 19th century, 1900. Artist: Richard Knotel

Types of soldiers from the first half of the 19th century, 1900. Artist: Richard Knotel
Types of soldiers from the first half of the 19th century, 1900. Illustrations of uniforms from various different countries during the Napoleonic Wars

Background imageTopee Collection: The Indo-European Telegraph: Landing The Cable in the mud at Fao, Persian Gulf, 1865

The Indo-European Telegraph: Landing The Cable in the mud at Fao, Persian Gulf, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The Indo-European Telegraph: Landing The Cable in the mud at Fao, Persian Gulf, 1865. 'When some four miles of cable had been paid out

Background imageTopee Collection: The Punjaub Exhibition of Arts and Industry at Lahore: interior of the building, 1864

The Punjaub Exhibition of Arts and Industry at Lahore: interior of the building, 1864. Creator: Unknown
The Punjaub Exhibition of Arts and Industry at Lahore: interior of the building, 1864. Engraving from a photograph by Messrs

Background imageTopee Collection: The cricket-match between Madras and Calcutta: the Madras Eleven, 1864. Creator: Unknown

The cricket-match between Madras and Calcutta: the Madras Eleven, 1864. Creator: Unknown
The cricket-match between Madras and Calcutta: the Madras Eleven, 1864. Engraving from a photograph by Mr. B. Smith, of the '...portraits of eleven members of the Madras Cricket Club who lately

Background imageTopee Collection: Police guard of the British Legation at Pekin, 1864. Creator: Frederick John Skill

Police guard of the British Legation at Pekin, 1864. Creator: Frederick John Skill
Police guard of the British Legation at Pekin, 1864. Engraving from a photograph by John and Charles Watkins, of '...the costume and appearance of a party of men

Background imageTopee Collection: Group of the Police Force newly organised in Bengal, 1864. Creator: Mason Jackson

Group of the Police Force newly organised in Bengal, 1864. Creator: Mason Jackson
Group of the Police Force newly organised in Bengal, 1864. Engraving from a photograph. The group consists of the district Superintendent, two Inspectors, a head constable, a constable, and a sowar

Background imageTopee Collection: The Prince of Wales's Elephant charged by a Tiger, 1876. Creator: C.R

The Prince of Wales's Elephant charged by a Tiger, 1876. Creator: C.R
The Prince of Wales's Elephant charged by a Tiger, 1876. The future King Edward VII shoots tigers during a royal visit to India

Background imageTopee Collection: Beating the Jungle for Tigers, 1876. Creator: Unknown

Beating the Jungle for Tigers, 1876. Creator: Unknown
Beating the Jungle for Tigers, 1876. The future King Edward VII shoots tigers during a royal visit to India. The following telegram was published in London on Thursday: "Camp of Nepaul, Feb. 21

Background imageTopee Collection: Entry of the Prince of Wales into a City of India, 1876. Creator: C.R

Entry of the Prince of Wales into a City of India, 1876. Creator: C.R
Entry of the Prince of Wales into a City of India, 1876. The future King Edward VII rides in a canopied howdah during a royal visit. A triumphal arch is inscribed: God Bless the Prince of Wales'

Background imageTopee Collection: Lieutenant Cameron's Travels in Central Africa: Dance of Pagazi at Kiwakasongo...1876

Lieutenant Cameron's Travels in Central Africa: Dance of Pagazi at Kiwakasongo...1876. Creator: Unknown
Lieutenant Cameron's Travels in Central Africa: Dance of Pagazi at Kiwakasongo, from a sketch by Lieutenant Cameron, 1876. From "Illustrated London News", 1876

Background imageTopee Collection: Return of the Prince of Wales from India: the Governor of Bombay...on board the Serapis...1876

Return of the Prince of Wales from India: the Governor of Bombay...on board the Serapis...1876. Creator: Unknown
Return of the Prince of Wales from India: the Governor of Bombay taking leave on board the Serapis, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876. The future King Edward VII returns to England

Background imageTopee Collection: The Prince of Wales in the Terai: Tiffin in the Jungle...1876. Creator: C.R

The Prince of Wales in the Terai: Tiffin in the Jungle...1876. Creator: C.R
The Prince of Wales in the Terai: Tiffin in the Jungle, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876. The future King Edward VII in...the Terai, or forest wilderness, on the frontier of Nepaul

Background imageTopee Collection: Landing of the Prince of Wales at Colombo: the Governor introducing Cinghalese... 1876

Landing of the Prince of Wales at Colombo: the Governor introducing Cinghalese... 1876. Creator: Unknown
Landing of the Prince of Wales at Colombo: the Governor introducing Cinghalese chiefs to the Prince [of Wales], from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876. The Governor (the Right Hon. W. H)

Background imageTopee Collection: The Prince of Wales in the Terai: Mr. Rose chased by a Wild Elephant...1876. Creator: C.R

The Prince of Wales in the Terai: Mr. Rose chased by a Wild Elephant...1876. Creator: C.R
The Prince of Wales in the Terai: Mr. Rose chased by a Wild Elephant, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876. The future King Edward VII in India

Background imageTopee Collection: The Prince of Wales in the Nepaul Terai: Colonel Sir Arthur Ellis...with a Tiger...1876

The Prince of Wales in the Nepaul Terai: Colonel Sir Arthur Ellis...with a Tiger...1876. Creator: Unknown
The Prince of Wales in the Nepaul Terai: Colonel Sir Arthur Ellis at close quarters with a Tiger, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876....the tiger sprang out

Background imageTopee Collection: The Prince of Wales Tiger-Shooting with Sir Jung Bahadoor: the Critical Moment...1876

The Prince of Wales Tiger-Shooting with Sir Jung Bahadoor: the Critical Moment...1876. Creator: Unknown
The Prince of Wales Tiger-Shooting with Sir Jung Bahadoor: the Critical Moment, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876

Background imageTopee Collection: The Prince of Wales in the Terai: Meeting with Sir Jung Bahadoor...1876. Creator: Unknown

The Prince of Wales in the Terai: Meeting with Sir Jung Bahadoor...1876. Creator: Unknown
The Prince of Wales in the Terai: Meeting with Sir Jung Bahadoor, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876. The future King Edward VII in India

Background imageTopee Collection: The Royal Visit to India: the Prince of Wales mounting his elephant...1876. Creator: C.R

The Royal Visit to India: the Prince of Wales mounting his elephant...1876. Creator: C.R
The Royal Visit to India: the Prince of Wales mounting his elephant at the Old Palace of Lushkur, Gwalior, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876

Background imageTopee Collection: The Prince of Wales riveting the last bolt of the Alexandra Railway Bridge in the Punjaub...1876

The Prince of Wales riveting the last bolt of the Alexandra Railway Bridge in the Punjaub...1876. Creator: Unknown
The Prince of Wales riveting the last bolt of the Alexandra Railway Bridge in the Punjaub, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876

Background imageTopee Collection: The Royal Visit to India: Grand Review at Delhi - the Gallop Past...1876. Creator: C.R

The Royal Visit to India: Grand Review at Delhi - the Gallop Past...1876. Creator: C.R
The Royal Visit to India: Grand Review at Delhi - the Gallop Past, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876. The spectacle of the day...was the gallop past of the thirteen cavalry

Background imageTopee Collection: The Prince of Wales receiving the survivors of the Defence of Lucknow...1876. Creator: C.R

The Prince of Wales receiving the survivors of the Defence of Lucknow...1876. Creator: C.R
The Prince of Wales receiving the survivors of the Defence of Lucknow, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876. In order to give more effect to the ceremony of laying the stone

Background imageTopee Collection: The Grand Chapter of the Star of India at Calcutta: the Prince of Wales...1876. Creator: Unknown

The Grand Chapter of the Star of India at Calcutta: the Prince of Wales...1876. Creator: Unknown
The Grand Chapter of the Star of India at Calcutta: the Prince of Wales passing from his tent to the Grand Chapter Tent, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876

Background imageTopee Collection: The Prince at the Temple of Srivangam, Trichinopoly, Madras Presidency...1876. Creator: Unknown

The Prince at the Temple of Srivangam, Trichinopoly, Madras Presidency...1876. Creator: Unknown
The Prince at the Temple of Srivangam [sic], Trichinopoly, Madras Presidency, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876. The future King Edward VII in India

Background imageTopee Collection: Reception of the Prince at Kandy, Ceylon, 1876. Creator: Unknown

Reception of the Prince at Kandy, Ceylon, 1876. Creator: Unknown
Reception of the Prince at Kandy, Ceylon, 1876. The future King Edward VII meets locals....the great Kandyan chiefs...were marvels to behold

Background imageTopee Collection: The Prince of Wales shooting otters at Beypore, from a sketch by an officer of the Serapis, 1876

The Prince of Wales shooting otters at Beypore, from a sketch by an officer of the Serapis, 1876. Creator: L.B
The Prince of Wales shooting otters at Beypore [in India], from a sketch by an officer of the Serapis, 1876. The Prince [the future King Edward VII], on his way from Bombay to Ceylon

Background imageTopee Collection: The Royal Visit to India: the Prince of Wales and the Governor of Goa... 1875, (1876). Creator: L.B

The Royal Visit to India: the Prince of Wales and the Governor of Goa... 1875, (1876). Creator: L.B
The Royal Visit to India: the Prince of Wales and the Governor of Goa on their way to the cathedral at old Goa, from a sketch by an officer of the Serapis, 1875, (1876)

Background imageTopee Collection: Les Evenements de Grece; Mitrailleuses sur la place de la Concorde et au coin d'une rue, 1917

Les Evenements de Grece; Mitrailleuses sur la place de la Concorde et au coin d'une rue, 1917. Creator: Unknown
Les Evenements de Grece; Mitrailleuses sur la place de la Concorde et au coin d'une rue, 1917. First World War: Events in Greece; machine guns on the Place de la Concorde

Background imageTopee Collection: Les Evenements de Grece; Les troupes francaises assurant l'ordre a Athenes... (1917)

Les Evenements de Grece; Les troupes francaises assurant l'ordre a Athenes... (1917). Creator: Unknown
Les Evenements de Grece; Les troupes francaises assurant l'ordre a Athenes, les 27 et 28 juin 1917, (1917). First World War: Events in Greece; French troops maintaining order in Athens

Background imageTopee Collection: The Prince of Wales on board the State Barge of the Maharajah at Benares...1876. Creator: Unknown

The Prince of Wales on board the State Barge of the Maharajah at Benares...1876. Creator: Unknown
The Prince of Wales on board the State Barge of the Maharajah at Benares, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876. The future King Edward VII in India

Background imageTopee Collection: The Prince of Wales Investing a Native Prince with the Grand Cross of the Star of India... 1876

The Prince of Wales Investing a Native Prince with the Grand Cross of the Star of India... 1876. Creator: C.R
The Prince of Wales Investing a Native Prince with the Grand Cross of the Star of India at Calcutta, 1876. The future King Edward VII bestows a decoration on an Indian ruler

Background imageTopee Collection: The Prince of Wales in the Terai: Shooting a Bear...1876. Creator: Unknown

The Prince of Wales in the Terai: Shooting a Bear...1876. Creator: Unknown
The Prince of Wales in the Terai: Shooting a Bear, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876. The future King Edward VII in India

Background imageTopee Collection: Prince Christian Victor, c1900. Creator: Unknown

Prince Christian Victor, c1900. Creator: Unknown
Prince Christian Victor, c1900. Prince Christian Victor Albert Louis Ernst Anton of Schleswig-Holstein was a grandson of Queen Victoria

Background imageTopee Collection: Paardeberg: The Canadians Storming An Outlying Kopje, February 1900, (c1900). Creator: Thiele & Co

Paardeberg: The Canadians Storming An Outlying Kopje, February 1900, (c1900). Creator: Thiele & Co
Paardeberg: The Canadians Storming An Outlying Kopje, February 1900, (c1900). Boer Wars, South Africa. Engraving after a photograph. From "Cassell's History of England, Vol. IX"

Background imageTopee Collection: After Paardeberg: General Cronje A Prisoner, February 1900, (c1900). Creator: A.E. Huitt

After Paardeberg: General Cronje A Prisoner, February 1900, (c1900). Creator: A.E. Huitt
After Paardeberg: General Cronje A Prisoner, February 1900, (c1900). Boer general Piet Cronje surrendered to the British after the Battle of Paardeberg, South Africa. Engraving after a photograph

Background imageTopee Collection: Viscount Kitchener of Khartoum, c1900. Creator: Gabriel Lekegian

Viscount Kitchener of Khartoum, c1900. Creator: Gabriel Lekegian
Viscount Kitchener of Khartoum, c1900. Senior British Army officer, colonial administrator and imperialist. Known for his victory at the Battle of Omdurman and securing control of the Sudan

Background imageTopee Collection: 'In Sight': Lord Dundonald's Dash on Ladysmith, February 28, 1900, by Lucy E. Kemp-Welch, c1900

"In Sight": Lord Dundonald's Dash on Ladysmith, February 28, 1900, by Lucy E. Kemp-Welch, c1900. Douglas Cochrane, 12th Earl of Dundonald

Background imageTopee Collection: Wei-Hai-Wei, 1898, (c1900). Creator: C Wilkinson

Wei-Hai-Wei, 1898, (c1900). Creator: C Wilkinson
Wei-Hai-Wei, 1898, (c1900). View of Weihai, formerly called Weihaiwei, a major seaport on the Yellow Sea, Shandong province, China....British diplomacy sprung its surprise on Russia and Germany

Background imageTopee Collection: After Atbara: Brothers in Arms, 1898, (c1900). Creator: F. D

After Atbara: Brothers in Arms, 1898, (c1900). Creator: F. D
After Atbara: Brothers in Arms, 1898, (c1900). Second Sudan War: Anglo-Egyptian forces defeated 15, 000 Sudanese rebels, called Mahdists or Dervishes, on the banks of the River Atbara

Background imageTopee Collection: Aldridge Plantation, Mississippi, 1937. Creator: Dorothea Lange

Aldridge Plantation, Mississippi, 1937. Creator: Dorothea Lange
Aldridge Plantation, Mississippi. Tractor drivers are not allowed to do anything but drive tractors. Repairs are made by the mechanic at the plantation garage

Background imageTopee Collection: Plant quarantine inspector examining tourist baggage... Yuma, Arizona, 1937. Creator: Dorothea Lange

Plant quarantine inspector examining tourist baggage... Yuma, Arizona, 1937. Creator: Dorothea Lange
Plant quarantine inspector examining tourist baggage before entering California. Yuma, Arizona. ['Why Inspect Baggage

Background imageTopee Collection: Inspection station on the California-Arizona state line, Yuma, Arizona, 1937

Inspection station on the California-Arizona state line, Yuma, Arizona, 1937. Creator: Dorothea Lange
Inspection station on the California-Arizona state line maintained by the California Department of Agriculture to prevent the spread of plant pests. Yuma, Arizona

Background imageTopee Collection: Inspection station on the California-Arizona state line, Yuma, Arizona, 1937

Inspection station on the California-Arizona state line, Yuma, Arizona, 1937. Creator: Dorothea Lange
Inspection station on the California-Arizona state line maintained by the California Department of Agriculture to prevent the spread of plant pests. Yuma, Arizona

Background imageTopee Collection: California state quarantine inspection station at Yuma, Arizona, 1937. Creator: Dorothea Lange

California state quarantine inspection station at Yuma, Arizona, 1937. Creator: Dorothea Lange
California state quarantine inspection station at Yuma, Arizona. The station is open twenty-four hours a day with one senior and three junior inspectors on duty each shift

Background imageTopee Collection: Inspection station on the California-Arizona state line maintained by... 1937

Inspection station on the California-Arizona state line maintained by... 1937. Creator: Dorothea Lange
Inspection station on the California-Arizona state line maintained by the California Department of Agriculture to prevent the spread of plant pests. Yuma, Arizona

Background imageTopee Collection: Filipino crew of fifty-five boys cutting and loading lettuce, Imperial Valley, California, 1937

Filipino crew of fifty-five boys cutting and loading lettuce, Imperial Valley, California, 1937
Filipino crew of fifty-five boys cutting and loading lettuce. Imperial Valley, California



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"Topee: A Timeless Symbol of British Military History" From the hallowed halls of the House of Commons to the distinguished chambers of the House of Lords, the iconic topee has witnessed pivotal moments in British history. In 1925 and 1945, this headgear stood witness as political debates echoed through these esteemed institutions, shaping the destiny of a nation. Its creator remains unknown, yet their contribution to military fashion endures. The British Navy proudly donned this distinctive headpiece from 1837 to 1897. Crafted by artist TS Crowther in the early 20th century, it symbolized maritime prowess and unwavering resolve on treacherous seas. It became synonymous with valiant sailors who braved tumultuous waters in service to their country. During the first half of the 19th century, various types of soldiers wore this emblematic hat. Richard Knotel's artwork from 1900 immortalizes these brave warriors who fought gallantly for king and country. Their stoic presence reminds us that honor knows no bounds when defending one's homeland. Beyond military contexts, le Toubib Aperitif and Tonic Wine label captures late-19th-century allure with its vibrant lithography. This elegant depiction showcases how even fashionable beverages embraced the charm and mystique associated with wearing a topee. Venturing beyond European shores, we find ourselves amidst The Capture of Marovoay by French forces in Madagascar during the turbulent transition between centuries. The sight of courageous soldiers sporting their trusty topis evokes images steeped in colonial conquests and global power struggles. In South Africa's battlefields during The Battle of Majuba Hill or The Battle of Colenso - where desperate attempts were made to save artillery pieces - our loyal troops relied on their faithful headdress for protection against both enemy fire and scorching sunrays alike. "The Black Watch After Magersfontein" immortalizes the aftermath of a fierce encounter in 1900.