Thron and Bethet Company's Idéale saddles certainly date from 1890 and ceased production in or around the mid 1980s.
Any information about their business would be appreciated.


Advertisement for the Idéale  
ine in 1940s Cycling magazine.

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Idéale  mod. 45


Idéale  mod. 52



Idéale  mod. 57



Idéale mod. 59



Idéale  mod. 65, with odd dropped "nose."


 1950s-60s Idéale  saddle with relieved top.. model unknown.


Idéale mod. Cyclo-Touriste 72 saddle
Pictures courtesy eBay seller ProBikeFrance

Idéale  mod. 80

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Ron Kitching 1981 catalog
 showing entire
range of Idéale  saddles

Idéale  mod. 88 with the "Rebour process"

Idéale  mod. 90introduced in 1965

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Idéale  mod. 90 with aluminum alloy rails.

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Idéale  mod. 92 Diagonale: a wider version of the popular 90.

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Idéale "swallow" style w/cutaway side flaps.

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Idéale  mod. 90 in saddle tan.

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Idéale  mod.  2004 "Super Comfort"

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Idéale  mod. 2003 with glove leather covering

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Idéale  mod. "Columbia"
This model is a design from the later days of Idéale.
In addition to it's unusual "hawk nose" shape, it has an atypical webbed pattern on the surface of the leather's underside.

Pictures courtesy eBay seller ProBikeFrance

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