Examples from the Web for top-hamper
All the same, if you cut out this top-hamper the story of The Veiled Woman on its personal side is distinctly a good one.
All her top-hamper had been taken down by Spike, and nothing remained but the plainest and most readily-managed gear.Jack Tier or The Florida Reef|James Fenimore Cooper
Every spar, rope, and stay was strained, and some of the “top-hamper” came crashing down.Dracula|Bram Stoker
There was scarcely sea enough to tremble the top-hamper of the unsuspecting man-of-war.A Little Traitor to the South|Cyrus Townsend Brady
Keeping his eyes open and his mouth shut involved dropping all unnecessary "top-hamper" as he himself phrased it.Command|William McFee
Word Origin and History for top-hamper
1791, originally the upper masts, sails, and rigging of a sailing ship, later extended to modern vessels, from top (n.1) + hamper (n.) in the nautical sense of "things necessary but often in the way."