Cairo Poet - Deep Sable Rabbit



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.

The Cairo Poet features a scene specific shape which is very popular amongst fans.  Crafted from our Deep Sable fine rabbit fur felt with a dark brown ribbon, these timeless hats are completely handcrafted to order for each customer by the highly skilled hatters at Herbert Johnson.


  • Felt: Deep Sable pure rabbit fur felt
  • Brim: Dimensional flanged brim
  • Ribbon: 1½ inch dark brown vintage galloon ribbon-band with screen accurate Raiders bow style.
  • Interior: Branded white liner & soft leather sweatband
  • Bash: Hand shaped Raiders Cairo style.*
  • See notes under the 'Ordering this Product' tab section for more details

This product will be handcrafted to order by our specialist hatting team at Herbert Johnson.  Please email to check our current lead time for this product.

All Poet 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.

*The Cairo style has a scene specific shape which includes the 'Raiders Turn' as standard, tight long front pinch, deep side dents and characteristic bulge to the crown above the ribbon to the side over the right ear.

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.

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.  Although we advise that those wanting 'the turn' will get the best results if this is done to their own features while the owner is wearing the hat, we are willing to put the turn in on request.  However, customers are advised to order their hats delivered open crown (un-bashed) should they wish to put the turn in themselves.  Please visit our YouTube channel for our information videos explaining more about 'The Raiders Turn' and the options available.
Cairo 'Forced Distressing' - All our hats are handcrafted to order for each customer.  Our mission is to provide impeccable quality handmade bespoke headwear for our clients.  For this reason, we do not offer any distressing or forced soiling treatments on our hats as this may compromise any hats longevity and our returns policy.  Our quality sweatbands are also put in securely as new and will not be delivered 'folded over'.  The screen used hats endured extremes of moisture, heat, weathering and adjustments on set; we encourage any customers wishing to mimic the effects of these conditions on their hats, either naturally or forced, to research the best methods for achieving this so they can undertake this themselves in full knowledge of any risks of compromising their quality custom hat's longevity.

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 some custom ribbon-work etc.), their order will need to be placed as a ‘Bespoke’ order. Please follow the link for more information about our Bespoke Range.  Please contact us for more information and enquiries via


Creating the hat of a hero

Before hatmakers Herbert Johnson joined the Swaine Adeney Brigg group, it was situated at 13 Old Burlington Street in London.  In 1980 two American gentlemen came into the shop and introduced themselves as Mr Steven Spielberg and Mr Harrison Ford. 

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.

For this product from our handcrafted Collection, please follow the following sizing advice...

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. It may help to either do this in the mirror or have someone to help for accuracy. Measure in centimetres. If your measurement falls between sizes, round up to the nearest half centimetre and/or email your exact measurement to our team and this note will be added to your order. For more information view our Info pages, FAQs or contact our team for advice.

We also offer a professional measuring service at the SWAINE London Burlington Arcade store.

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 some custom ribbon-work etc.), their order will need to be placed as a ‘Bespoke’ order. Please follow the link for more information about ourBespoke Range.  Please contact us for more information and enquiries via

Custom embossing is only available on selected products.

If the Customer wishes to add custom embossing to their order, please select this option on the product listing where available and add your text as you would wish it to appear.  Please choose a maximum of 4 upper case letters (Times New Roman Font available only) at £10 per letter.  You can also include up to 3 dots and 1 dash in addition at no extra charge. Additional information or preferences can be added to the Notes Section for your order at checkout.

We offer a choice of foil and position on the sweatband (check each product for corresponding standard options or enquire for further information). Should you wish to enquire about any other format of embossing including a preference for gold, silver or blind embossing instead, please contact

Please note that any custom changes made to our products that differ from our standard listing, including custom embossing, will mean that this item will not be eligible for return or refund under normal circumstances.  Please refer to our Returns Policy for more details.

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 pre-shrunk 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 true grosgrain Indy ribbon is screen accurate to the original film hats, still produced to the same specifications for us by the same company using the very same machines.

This product will be handcrafted to order by our specialist hatting team at Herbert Johnson.  Please email to check our current lead time for this product.

  • Lead times are variable depending on our current volume of new orders being received.
  • Please note that our handcrafters fulfil orders on a first come first served basis.
  • When new orders are received at our Hatting Workshop, they are entered into our making schedule in the next available position in the queue.
  • Once your order reaches the front of the queue, it will take approximately 7-14 days to be handcrafted to order by our specialist hatting team at Herbert Johnson.
  • The wait time for our handcrafted hats is normally approximately 8 weeks but please be aware that this can be subject to change and could be up to 16 weeks in particularly busy times.
  • The wait time for our handcrafted custom bespoke orders may be longer depending on what materials & supplies may need to be especially ordered in to fulfil the order.
  • If you would like to enquire about the current expected lead time for your order or prior to ordering, please contact the hatting workshop directly via
  • 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 (at least 8 weeks prior is recommended).  Please inform our hatting workshop directly if your order is time sensitive and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  • Our hats are carefully packaged in simple white hat boxes within a cardboard postal boxes for dispatch internationally.
  • Caps will be carefully packaged in a high quality gift box within a cardboard postal box.
  • Accessories items will be packaged in double layer shipping boxes.
  • 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.

If you'd like to confirm stock of an item before ordering please email

Delivery costs are calculated on the weight of each product and country. We are pleased to provide a worldwide delivery service with FedEx & DHL.

All prices shown on our website are with UK VAT.

If you are ordering from outside of the UK please expect your local customs office to charge Duty and Tax at the applicable rate for your country.

Hat Care Advice For Fur Felts

Care: Store your hat somewhere cool & dry, preferably in a hat box. We recommend using a hat jack to help retain the hats shape.  Do not stack with other hats.  If your hat gets wet, leave it to dry naturally. In the case of any damage or loss of shape sustained by mishandling, then please contact your hatter for help & advice.

Cleaning: Dirt or marks should first be cleaned with a dry, soft, lint-free cloth to prevent catching or snagging.  If any marks persist, try cleaning with a moist baby-wipe or mild soap and water.  Care should be taken not to rub too hard.  The use of any cleaning detergents are not recommended.

Leather Product & Component Care:

When not in use, store your leather product somewhere cool, dry and out of direct sunlight.  We recommend using a soft lint free cloth to clean any minor dust or dirt from the surface of the leather.  Try using a damp baby-wipe for any more stubborn marks but take care not to overwork it or rub too hard.  Leather feed is available in store or via the Swaine Adeney website  The specialist swaine Adeney leatherworkers also offer a professional care & repair service in store and via their website.

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