Thread: Ideale Saddles
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Old 12-27-18, 10:04 AM
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I'm going to try to share some photos, to support the above...

Here's a typical professional model, a no 52 from the 50's-60's:


It's serial number:



and here's another 52, this one a record, from the same era:


It has a plain badge:


Note that the stamps are the same design, but one has relief lettering, the other incuse. This dichotomy holds for all the better Idéale saddles from about 1950 until the ones with the rectangular stamps came out.

Some of the cheaper saddles are also found with both incuse and relief stamps; the 39, for example, is almost always incuse but occasionally relief. I don't know if there's any logic to this....
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