Herbert Johnson Collection

Raiders Beaver Poet


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A luxury version of the original Herbert Johnson Indy Poet made famous by Harrison Ford in Spielberg’s ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ film.
Made from raiders sable brown luxury beaver fur felt with a brown ribbon, these timeless hats are completely handcrafted to order for each customer by the highly skilled hatters at Herbert Johnson. Once ordered you will be notified of the lead time. 

Hat Details:

A straight sided block shape with an unbashed height of 5 ½ inches, a dimensional brim and finished with a 39mm brown true grosgrain ribbon.

Specifics :

Felt : Raiders Sable 100% beaver fur felt
Crown: 5 ½ inches (~140mm)
Brim (front & back): 2 ¾ inches (~70mm)
Brim (sides): 2  inches (~65mm) 
Ribbon: 1 ½ inches (38mm)
Bash: Raiders bash
Creating the hat of a Hero
Before hatmakers Herbert Johnson joined Swaine Adeney Brigg, it was situated at 13 Old Burlington Street in London. In 1980, two American gentlemen came into the shop and introduced themselves as Mr. Harrison Ford and Mr. Steven Spielberg.
Mr. Spielberg announced that he was on the brink of making an adventure film with Harrison Ford as the central figure (Raiders of the Lost Ark) and revealed that the main character Indiana Jones would be wearing a hat which would be pivotal to the character and the plot. Herbert Johnson was delighted at having been chosen to help design what was to become the famous iconic Indy hat.
It was our tall stovepipe classic poet style that was chosen as the foundation for what was to become the iconic raiders hat.  The Poet is a wide brim fur felt hat with a tall straight sided crown, made by Herbert Johnson since the 1890’s and has always been deemed ageless.  A shade of brown rabbit fur felt called ‘sable’ was chosen and some modifications were made to the poet hat to create its character & to facilitate filming.
The Indy hat was made distinctive by reducing the brim width only on the sides creating a dimensional brim.  By shaping the brim into an ovoid, it gave protection to the eyes & neck whilst reducing the sides helped with camera angles. The explorer look was enhanced by snapping the front brim down and we altered the original ribbon from 50mm to 39mm to make the tall crown appear even taller. 
The re-worked and subtly modified Herbert Johnson Poet hat gave Mr Spielberg the look he had envisioned for Harrison Ford's character of Indiana Jones and the 'Indy' hat was born. 
Apart from the original Indiana Jones hat for Harrison Ford, we made a further 45 'Indy' hats of assorted sizes, some for Mr. Ford and the remainder for the film stunt actors on the set of Raiders of The Lost Ark.  We were also commissioned to provide all the hats for the following 2 sequels.
The tremendous success of the Indiana Jones films have secured their place in popular culture forever and just like our original poet, the hero Indy Poet is ageless and enjoys an enduring popularity to this day.


This product will take approximately 2-3 weeks to be handcrafted to order by our specialist hatting team.  Please email enquiries@swaine-adeney-brigg.co.uk to check our current lead time for this product.

Place the string or tape around your head above your ear and across the mid forehead, completely circling your head.  Hold the tape firmly, but not too tightly.  Measure your head exactly where you want the hat to sit.  Measure in centimetres.  If your measurement falls between sizes, round up to the nearest centimetre.  It may help to either do this in the mirror or have someone to help for accuracy.
Bespoke Options:
All our Raiders Poets come with the ‘Raiders Bash’* & without ‘The Turn’* as standard.
Raiders Bash* - A tight tall pinch down to the ribbon with large front side dents & a centre crease.
The Turn* - A change made to the hat during filming whereby the hat was turned on the head and worn with the bow shifted to the right from its original position resulting in a distorted brim.  Customers are advised to order their hats delivered open crown as ‘bespoke orders’ should they wish to put the turn in themselves.
NB. – If you wish to order something which varies from the standard options provided in the product listing (such as this style in a different colour or with the addition of a bound edge etc.), your order will need to be placed as a ‘Custom Bespoke Order’ directly with our order team via hatter@herbert-johnson.co.uk.  Please follow the link for more information about our Bespoke Range & how to order.
Our Materials:
All our hats are completely bespoke & handcrafted to order from only the finest sustainably sourced materials here at Herbert Johnson.  We work closely with our fur felt hood suppliers in Portugal, choosing only the highest quality fur felt which is ordered to our exacting specifications.
All our felts are preshrunk during the blocking stage to avoid later shrinking as much as possible.  Our rabbit is pounced to a smooth finish and a coating of protector is applied to prolong its resistance to the elements.  Whilst not as dense as our beaver fur felts, our rabbit makes a very fine quality fur felt hat.  Our 100% beaver fur felt is especially dense & luxurious.  Our beaver fur felt hats have the advantage of greater longevity & resilience to wear owing to the furs greater density and superior finish.  
Postage & Packaging:
Once ordered you will be notified of the lead time.
Our hats are carefully packaged in cardboard postal boxes for dispatch internationally.  
We ship worldwide.
We calculate delivery costs based on the weight of each product and country to which the item is to be posted.
Postage costs may be included in the purchase price for some items.
Hat Care:
Store your hat somewhere dry placed brim down or preferably in a hat box. We recommend using a soft bristled hat or clothes brush to care for your hat.  Brush your hat counter clockwise to free any particles from the felt. Whilst we preshrink all our hats, under extreme moisture conditions the felt may still be vulnerable to shrinkage or losing its shape if not properly cared for.  We advise against force drying your hat and it is best to allow it to dry naturally brim side down.