Herbert Johnson

Seaplane Beaver Poet


Herbert Johnson Hatters are proud to unveil this new limited edition style for 2020 to join their famous Indiana Jones Poet Range.

Modelled after the Herbert Johnson grey travel fedora style worn by Harrison Ford in only 2 short scenes in the 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' film, Indy's smart grey version of his classic adventuring poet hat has proved very popular with the fans ever since.

As the providers of all the original hats for the Indiana Jones trilogy, authenticity and craftmanship are the cornerstones of what Herbert Johnson do. Their hatter has been developing this style for many months, working closely with the raw felt producers and dyers to create this custom luxurious beaver felt colour-matched to a very special 80's era vintage Herbert Johnson Poet. They also use only the finest vintage galloon ribbon on all the Indy Poets today, still made on the same machines that made the ribbon for the original film hats. Johnson are delighted to present their new Seaplane Beaver Poet now as close to the spirit of the original from the film as possible.

Available in a fully finished bashed version as well as an open crown version for those who may wish to style their hats crown shape themselves.

These timeless hats are completely handcrafted to order for each customer by the highly skilled hatters at Herbert Johnson.


    • Felt: Seaplane Grey pure beaver fur felt
    • Brim: Dimensional flanged brim
    • Ribbon: Handsewn 1½ inch black vintage galloon ribbon-band with screen accurate Raiders style bow.

    • Interior: Branded liner & soft leather sweatband
    • Bash: Hand bashed Raiders style
    • See notes under the 'Ordering this Product' tab section for more details

      All Poet hats are created on straight sided graduated blocks scaled up and down proportionally from an average open crown height of 5 1/2 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.

      The Seaplane Beaver Poet is also available as an Open Crown version which comes with a flanged brim and is fully trimmed with handsewn ribbon-work, leather sweatband and liner.

      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.  The 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 the beaver fur felts, the rabbit makes a very fine quality fur felt hat. Johnson's 100% beaver fur felt is especially dense and luxurious. The beaver fur felt hats have the advantage of greater longevity and resilience to wear owing to the furs greater density and superior finish.  

      Our 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 as made our ribbons for the original film 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.

      All orders are shipped via DHL Express or Royal Mail. Next day delivery can also be selected upon checkout.

      Free shipping is applied to orders over £100 within the UK and orders over £200 outside of the UK.

      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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