Ideale 44 Type Benelux
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Category:  Saddles
Name:  Ideale 44 Type Benelux
Brand:  Tron & Berthet
Model:  Ideale 44
Years:  N/A
Country:  France
Added By: qd-s on 12/16/13
Updated By: qd-s on 10/28/23
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Base Material LeatherCovering Material 
Rail MaterialWidth160 mm
Length285 mmRail Spacing 
General Information
Rock-hard leather, 5 mm thickness, with some sort of fiber underlay to leather top ("internal mudguard").
Bought NOS without underframe, equipped only with the riveted steel adjustement stop at front and rear Idéale badge (presumably a spare/replacement cover for rotten seats).

Now fitted with non-original Idéale "60 Record" aluminium rails and rear cantle plate, which fit perfectly underneath.
Browsing the web, it seems Idéale "44" originally came with steel rails.
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Brand Information(click to expand)
Tron & Berthet made saddles branded Ideale, BIM, and Norex.

Katia Dayde: "BIM was a sub-brand of Tron & Berthet, as Norex. The family Berthet told us that for BIM it was a way of selling lowest quality leathers. Norex was dedicated to North Europe market as Mme Berthet came from Belgium, they developed some specific models for this market."
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