Hunting for treasure in Moses Lake, Washington

2012-07-28T21:30:00Z Hunting for treasure in Moses Lake, WashingtonBy JAN THACKER Columbia Basin Herald missoulian.com

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – When one thinks of treasure hunting first thoughts may be of Indiana Jones and exotic steamy jungles with hidden temples, or gold nuggets lurking in deep river pools, or maybe ancient sunken ships sleeping in eternal coffins of lacy seaweed.

No one would drive by a modest doublewide manufactured home plopped down in a park with dozens of similar homes and even consider it being ... not really a home, but a veritable museum of treasure.

In Moses Lake, however, there is such a home and there is such treasure.

Carl Weber, who died in September at age 75, was a passionate collector who, in the 1970s was president of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society and a one-time master at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry. The enormity of his estate is truly astonishing. To help disburse it his family has contracted Red Door in Moses Lake to appraise and sell the majority of it.

For years Weber collected anything nautical and maritime, old or unusual. He fancied rare books, art, maps, blueprints, contracts, baseball cards, coins, arrowheads, signs, ship models, ships in bottles, old magazines, postcards, vintage military items, old flags, glass negatives, copper-on-wood plates used for printing, scrapbooks, studio photos and snapshots, photo albums, lamps, trench art, lithographs, political buttons, old fishing gear, duck decoys, old labels from cans and whiskey bottles, posters, and so much more.

“It’s hard to believe, when we see what we are dealing with, that this is such a small part of the original collection,” said Lisa Boorman, one of the three owners of Red Door who added that this is a priceless opportunity.

“It is a true honor to be able to do this. We are learning so much about the man Carl Weber was. It sounds strange but we really feel, in handling all of his treasures, that we almost know him.”

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