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Berloque, Model 122H Gold-Plated Pistol Derringer, Keychain, Flare Gun Set, In Wooden Crate

It's been fun finding and collecting these "toys". I am selling/auctioning my collection.

I have: Japan, German, Austrian - Berloques; USA, 1930's Dosick & Fisher Firesure (Mother of Pearl Grips, RARE "PAT.PEND.J.M.F.CO"); German "Kobold", "D.R.G.M." (RARE, Under-Hammer, w/ Bakelite Grips), Xythos Six-shot, Xythos Single-shot, 2mm pinfires, in Nickel & Gold Plated, Keychain, &
a JAPAN, 1950's "Little Atom" (Gold-Plated, MOP Grips, MOP Brass Pushrod & Square Pearl "BUTTON"?),
in a
Fitted, Cased Set (Crushed Blue Velvet, Fine Inlaid Wood).
[I will be selling my miniature pistols & cap guns, cap bombs, cap canes, "other", etc. too.]

I use a SONY Mavica (great close-ups!) to picture the items in 640x480 resolution, as I still get compliments on the "accuracy". I still have the original pictures of most I found in auctions though. Maybe you old timers will recognize the "one that got away". Follow my links below, or feel free to ask me for any additional pictures.

I learned much about my items found in (eBay) auctions, estate sales, flea markets and garage sales; from immensely helpful web sites by Derek F. Dredge, Bob Urso, et al; from valuable reference books used for identification. I recommend them and these three books, which I will keep to remember my "treasures".

#1 - "Miniature Arms" by Merrill Lindsay 1979

#2 & #3 - "Editions 1 and 2 of "The Tiniest Guns", Miniature and Berloque Pistols - by Bob Urso
The first edition of "The Tiniest Guns" was put together with the help of many collectors to fill a need for information on 2mm pinfire, rimfire and Berloque pistols. It was only 64 pages."

"The new, revised Second Edition doubled in size to 128 pages, and over 500 images. All of the chapters have been expanded, and there is much new information on the guns of Austria, Austrian Rifles, Austrian Revolvers, Austrian Automatics, France & Belgium Revolvers, Germany, German Revolvers, German Rifles, Japan, Japanese Rifles, Mexico, U.S.A., Unmarked, Customized & One of a Kind, Cases, Ammunition, Patents, Bibliography, Miniature Arms Collectors/Makers Society, Index."

FYI & Reference

"The Smallest Pistol in the World" Back in 1905, the grandfather of the present owner, a famous watchmaker, had the brilliant idea to build the world's smallest pistol. He called his masterpiece "
berloque", which is French for 'locket'.
Since 1930, he exported it around the globe."

"And that's how "Berloque Pistols" have been manufactured since 1905:
124(!) working cycles, 15 single parts, and 24 ct. gold plating for the de luxe model. A miracle of mechanical precision - which has been, and still is to this day, a much sought-after collector's item, a popular gift, and a fine little piece that may help making your life a little bit safer."

I obtained this new set in an eBay Dutch-auction price for $50.50 plus S&H in March 2000.
2) Later in 2002 I obtained a Gerhard Goebharter brochure from a New Hampshire importer that says: "We believe in our quality. That's why Gobharter extends a
garanty period of 10 years for this exquisite little thing."
Another Gerhard Goebharter flyer says: "
Early documents say that the BERLOQUE-pistol was already exported to Germany in 1930. It's price was AS 1.40 (approx. US$ 0.10). The BERLOQUE-pistol consists of 15 parts which are assembled in 124 steps with high quality precision that allows to offer 20 years quarentee."
3) Their (03/03 USA) Catalogue had these listed as, "Model-No. 122 H BERLOQUE PISTOL Signal Set GOLD PLATED in decorative wooden case includes: 1pcs. FLARE ADAPTER 10 pcs. COLOR FLARES 12 pcs. 2 mm CARTRIDGES USD42,--"
The same source listed refill supplies as, "MODEL No. 901 XYTHOS-CARTRIDGES 1 CAPSULE A 36 pcs. USD11,--" and "MODEL No. 410 FLARES 1 Roll a 10 pcs. USD8,--"

[The caps and flares are obtainable from other sources & retailers; ex. "Dixie Gun Works".]

The Auction ~

It is not being offered to, nor intended to be sold to minors.
(Pictures are included of an original, complete, wooden crated set - for descriptive purposes only.)

This Auction is for (1) one "New" Gerhard Goebharter GMBH, Model 122H precision made miniature Gold-Plated Pistol, overall length 1-5/8" in a Wooden Crate, fitted case with all accessory hardware: the launcher, ejector rod and the keychain. It is designed to fire 2mm pinfire blank cartridges (a.k.a. "caps") by itself or with the specialized flare attachment can be used for emergency situations on land, sea distress signaling or for pyrotechnic celebration of events.

A18 - PTB Flare Pistol, OAL 1-5/8"
Markings: "
PTB 222" in circle. Nickel or gold plated brass. Comes boxed in several configurations, with flares, cleaning rod and 2 mm pinfire blanks. The threads at the end of the barrel are to screw on an attachment which held a flare. The firing of the pinfire cartridge ignited the flare."

From The Tiniest Guns, A catalog for collectors of 2mm pinfire and rimfire miniatures, By Bob Urso, Second Edition With Twice As Much Information. (December 2002.)

Shipping & Handling $5.00 in Priority Mail box. Insurance is extra.

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