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Napoleon wearing his bicorne.

A bicorne, or bicorn, is a type of hat donned by military personnel in the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century.

Napoleon's use

The hat, though not popularized by Napoleon I, is now widely identified with the famous French emperor. Almost all paintings of Napoleon at battle display him donning the hat; most characterizations of the historical figure today also associate Napoleon with his famous bicorne.[1]


  1. "...he [Napoleon] almost invariably affected the same type of hat, the shape of which is familiar to everyone from numerous illustrations." Richardson, Hubert N.B. A Dictionary of Napoleon and His times. London: Cassell and, 1920. Print.

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