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Rittmester10 Jul 2018 3:47 a.m. PST

I am trying to figure out whether the Russian general officers used white/orange or black feather plumes on their bicornes. They are depicted with both on different images/sources, however, the field officers seem to be only depicted with black plumes.

Could it be that the white plumes were for Generals of divisions and higher, while the lower ranking used black, or was the white fetaher plume for dress uniform while the black was for the field uniform?

Sho Boki10 Jul 2018 4:11 a.m. PST

Black plumes – infantry and artillery generals.
White plumes – cavalry generals.

Rittmester10 Jul 2018 4:23 a.m. PST

Thanks Sho Boki

John Tyson10 Jul 2018 5:21 p.m. PST

I'm certainly no expert, but most of the illustrations I see of Napoleonic era Russian Generals, their bicorne plumes were Black, White, and Red/Orange. Admittedly, the color order from top to bottom varies.

God bless,
John T.

jeffreyw3 Inactive Member10 Jul 2018 6:20 p.m. PST

In this case, a picture is worth a thousand words. Parxaev's Русская Армия 1812 – 1814 has a nice drawing of the two types of plumes. The cavalry plume is a mix of black and orange plumes/feathers with larger, white plumes over the top. Infantry and artillery have a mix of white and orange plumes with black on top.
If you ask this question on the FB The Napoleonic Wargamer group, I'll post a photo.

John Tyson11 Jul 2018 4:47 a.m. PST

Mixed color plumes

see the infantry and cavalry pics at this TMP link:
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Raevsky leading a charge.

God bless,
John T.

Rittmester11 Jul 2018 7:44 a.m. PST

Thanks John.

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