Plume, or Plumage, denotes the feathers of birds, which are frequently worn by military men, and females, as ornaments to the head-dress; a custom originally derived from barbarous nations.

Although we do not approve of such tinsel decorations in domestic life, yet, as the young and gay, especially in public places of resort, such as balls, masquerades, etc. are frequently liable to tarnish, or otherwise to injure the beauty of their costly feathers, we shall insert the following methods of cleaning them :— While plumage may be effectually bleached by dipping it in the oxygenated muriatic acid, or bleaching. liquor of Berthollet; and, if this cannot be easily procured, by simply immersing it for a few hours in pure water acidulated with oil of vitriol, in the proportion of six or eight drops of the latter, to every ounce of the former; then drying the feathers in the sun, or at a distance from a fire.—Variegated plumage may be cleaned and restored to its former brightness, by gently wiping it with a soft sponge dipped in spirits of wine; and, after it, has been gradually dried, by moistening the downy part with a filtred solution of gum-arabic, or traga-canth ;—then cautiously exposing the tops and sides to the heat of a bright fire, in order to curl their extremities.