Herbert Johnson

Raiders Rabbit Poet


The original Herbert Johnson Indiana Jones Poet made famous by Harrison Ford in Spielberg's iconic 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' film. Still made by Herbert Johnson today.

Made from Raiders Sable fine rabbit fur felt with a dark brown galloon ribbon-work, these timeless hats are completely handcrafted to order for each customer by the highly skilled hatters at Herbert Johnson.


  • Felt: Raiders Sable pure rabbit fur felt
  • Brim: Dimensional (2¾" front & back, 2⅝" on sides)
  • Ribbon: Original 1½ inch dark brown galloon ribbon-band with screen accurate Raiders bow style.
  • Interior: Branded liner & soft leather sweatband
  • Bash: Handbashed Raiders style (No 'Raiders Turn' as standard)
  • See notes under the 'Ordering this Product' tab section for more details

All hats are created on straight sided graduated blocks scaled up and down proportionally from an average open crown height of 5½ inches at a size 59cm. This ensures that no matter what size you order, the proportions of the hat remain in balance.

Made with the men's left sided bow as standard as in this display option, please specify if you would prefer it on the women's side on the right.

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 their tall stovepipe classic poet style that was chosen as the foundation for what was to become the iconic raiders hat.  The Poet was 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 called ‘sable’ rabbit fur felt was chosen and some modifications were made to the poet hat to create its character & 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 they 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, they 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.  They were also commissioned to provide all the hats for the following 2 sequels.

The tremendous success of the Indian Jones films have secured Herbert Johnson's place in popular culture forever and just like their original poet, the hero Indy Poet is ageless and enjoys an enduring popularity to this day.

This product will be handcrafted to order by the specialist hatting team at Herbert Johnson. 


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 the 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 right from its original position and with 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 the Customer wishes to order something which varies from the standard options provided in the product listing (such as this model in a different colour or with the addition of a bound edge etc.), their order will need to be placed as a ‘Bespoke’ order.  Please contact us for more information.

Herbert Johnson Materials:

All hats are completely bespoke & handcrafted to order from only the finest sustainably sourced materials here at Herbert Johnson.  They work closely with their fur felt hood suppliers in Portugal, choosing only the highest quality fur felt which is ordered to their exacting specifications.

All the felts are preshrunk during the blocking stage to avoid later shrinking as much as possible.  Their 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 their beaver fur felts, their rabbit makes a very fine quality fur felt hat.

Johnson's true galloon Indy ribbon is screen accurate to the original film hats, still produced to the same specifications for us using the very same loom machines that made the ribbon for the original screen used hats.

A note on Lead Times for Handcrafted Hats

  • Lead times are variable depending on current volume of new orders being received.
  • Please note that handcrafters fulfil orders on a first come first served basis.
  • When new orders are received at the Hatting Workshop, they are entered into the making schedule in the next available position in the queue.
  • Once your order reaches the front of the queue, it will take approximately 10 days to be handcrafted to order by the specialist hatting team at Herbert Johnson.
  • The wait time for handcrafted hats is normally between 2-8 weeks but please be aware that this is subject to change.
  • The wait time for handcrafted custom bespoke orders may be longer depending on what materials & supplies may need to be specially ordered in to fulfil the order.
  • If you would like to inquire about current expected lead time for your order, please contact us at info@masonandsons.com
  • If you are hoping to order your hat for a particular event, please ensure you make your order in plenty of time prior to your deadline.  Please inform is if your order is time sensitive.

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.

Free shipping is applied to orders over £200.

All orders are shipped via DHL Express.

Made to Order products are dispatched within 28 days of purchase.

Pre-Order products are expected to be dispatched within 3-4 weeks from time of purchase.

For more information on shipping, returns and exchanges please click here.

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