PAIR OF EMBROIDERED CAVALRY HAT INSIGNIA FOR 7TH MISSOURI CAVALRY CAPTAIN

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Item Code: 766-1058

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The first item is a black felt oval that meas. approx. 4.50 inches long x 2.50 inches wide and is outlined with a single border of gold dead bullion. Felt is in excellent condition.

At center of the oval are crossed sabers done in gold bullion thread and gold twisted wire with a false embroidered white metal number “7” at top above sabers. Number is 0.50 inch high.

Bullion thread is in good condition and has darkened some with age.

This piece has a sewn brown polished cotton backing. Both brass attachment loops are present.

The second item is another black felt oval that meas. approx. 2.75 inches long x 2 5/16 inches wide and is outlined with gold dead bullion. Felt has retained its color and is in good condition.

At center of the oval is an eagle done in gold bullion and gold twisted thread. Stretched between the eagle’s wingtips is a sunburst done in gold bullion thread above 13 cross-stitched stars. The eagle holds an olive branch in one talon and three arrows in the other. The arrows have no shafts only the points.

Thread is in good condition and has darkened some with age.

This piece has a brown polished cotton backing and two attachment loops.

Excellent condition high quality item.

These two hat insignias belonged to John W. Toppass who was born in Indiana on November 30, 1834.

On July 31, 1861 he was commissioned 1st Lieutenant of Company L, 7th Missouri Cavalry and was shortly afterward made Captain of Company C. Toppass would serve in that position until April 18, 1864 when he was made Major of the 1st Missouri Veteran Cavalry. He would be mustered-out on September 1, 1865.

During his service Toppass saw action in several small skirmishes and a few bigger ones including Marks Mill and Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

After the war he went into the men’s clothing and accessories business. He was active in the GAR serving as Commander of the Tindall Post #49 in Chillicothe, Missouri. He also served as postmaster and was also a Mason. He died in Chillicothe on September 14, 1916 and is buried there in Edgewood Cemetery.

With the item are Xerox copies of a letter written by Toppass describing the fight at Marks Mill, Arkansas to his sister, a copy of a wartime CDV, Pension records, his report from the O.R.’s of the fight at Pine Bluff and a pre-war letter from the woman he would eventually marry.  [ad]

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