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.

Updated 10.22.2013

Advertisement for the Idéale ine in 1940s Cycling magazine.

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

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Idéale mod. 80

Ron Kitching 1981 catalog showing entire range of Idéale saddles

Idéale mod. 88 with the "Rebour process"

Idéale mod. 90introduced in 1965

Idéale mod. 90 with aluminum alloy rails.

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

Idéale "swallow" style w/cutaway side flaps.

Idéale mod. 90 in saddle tan.

Idéale mod. 2004 "Super Comfort"

Idéale mod. "Columbia"

Idéale mod. 2003 with glove leather covering

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.

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