Herbert Johnson Collection

Beaver Poet Hat


This item will be tailor made for you to order and will be dispatched within approximately  1-2 weeks.




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A tall stovepipe 1930's fedora with straight sides all around - reminiscent of a golden age. This was the first hat supplied by Herbert Johnson in London to Stephen Spielberg for Harrison Ford in Raider's of the Lost Ark. Before milliner Herbert Johnson joined Swaine Adeney Brigg, it was situated at 13 Old Burlington Street, London. In 1980, two American gentlemen came in to the shop and introduced themselves as Mr. Harrison Ford and Mr. Steven Spielberg with an interesting request.

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.

Our classic oldest hat shape was the Herbert Johnson wide brim fur felt hat called 'The Poet' with its tall crown and this was the style chosen. The 'Poet' had been made by Herbert Johnson since the 1890's and has always been deemed ageless. The hat was modified for the character Indiana Jones in a number of ways. and the perfect shade of brown called sable was chosen.

Indiana Jones' hat

The Indy hat is very distinctive as we shaped the brim into an ovoid to give protection to the eyes and neck - reducing the sides also helping with camera angles. With the brim pulled down we created an explorer/safari look and we altered the original ribbon from 50mm to 39mm, to make the tall crown appear taller. The Indiana Jones hat is carefully cut by hand, using the original patterns. Each size is ever so slightly tailored to keep the hat in proportion to the wearer's hat size and finally hand-rubbed to give it its unique shape.

The re-worked and subtly modified Herbert Johnson Poet hat gave Mr Spielberg the look he had envisioned for Harrison Ford's character Indiana Jones and what has been known subsequently as the 'Indy' hat was born. The tremendous success and popularity of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark and its sequels along with the 'Indy' Hat which defines Harrison Ford's character's 'look' has been incredible and continues to this day.

Apart from the original hat for 'Indiana Jones' (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.

The original and the first Indy hat still made today by Herbert Johnson.

Since the huge success of the Indiana Jones films, we have continued to make exactly the same hat still calling it 'The Poet' for fans of both the Indiana Jones movies and the starring actor Harrison Ford. The adventurer 'Indy' hat is enormously popular and as soon as the hat is put on, creates a handsome rugged look. The Poet hat like the Indiana Jones movies remains a classic and unforgettable masterpiece.

Made from luxury sable brown beaver fur felt, these timeless hats are made to order for each customer by the master hatter at Herbert Johnson. Once ordered you will be notified of the lead time.

The dimensions of the Indy Hats are as follows:

Crown: 5 ½ (5.5) inches
Brim (front & back): 2 ¾ (2.75) inches
Brim (sides): 2 5/8 (2.625) inches
Ribbon: 1 ½ (1.5) inches (39mm)


Place tape measuring around your head about 1/8 above the tip of your ear across the middle of your forehead measuring exactly where the hat will sit. If your size falls between sizes size up.

Hat Care:

Store your hat in a dry place placed brim down or preferably in a hat box. With a light clothes brush brush your hat counter clockwise to free any dust particles from the felt. Do not wear your hat in heavy rain as this will cause the hat to shrink and lose it's shape.

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 a friend to help for accuracy.

This product will take between 1-2 weeks to be handcrafted by our specialist millinery team, however please email enquires@swaine-adeney-brigg.co.uk and we can check our stock for you.

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