It's been fun finding and
collecting these "toys".
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,
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
#1 - "Miniature Arms"
by Merrill Lindsay 1979
#2 & #3 - "Editions 1 and 2 of "The
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
"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."
Just 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
1) I obtained this
new set in an eBay Dutch-auction price for $50.50 plus
S&H in March 2000.
2) Later in 2002 I obtained a Gerhard Goebharter brochure
from a New Hampshire importer that says: "We believe
in our quality. That's why Gobharter extends a garanty period of 10 years for this exquisite little thing."
Another Gerhard Goebharter flyer says: "Early documents say that the
BERLOQUE-pistol was already exported
to Germany in 1930. It's
price was AS 1.40 (approx. US$
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
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
[The caps and flares are obtainable
from other sources & retailers; ex. "Dixie Gun
THIS IS NOT A
FIREARM - NOR CAN IT BE MODIFIED TO FIRE LIVE BULLET
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
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
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.)
& Handling $5.00 in Priority Mail box. Insurance is extra.