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Mike Ratcliffe Appraisals and Estate Sales

1258 South 105 East Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74128


Very few appraisers have the background, knowledge, and qualifications to handle everything from Victorian furniture and glass to depression glass, to bronze statues and other western art to crystal to silver to … well, you get the idea.


The following is to serve as curriculum vitae for James Michael Ratcliffe, doing business as Mike Ratcliffe Appraisals and Estate Sales in Tulsa. We serve clients throughout Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri and can help you get top-dollar sales because we don’t just sell locally. Buyers throughout the world have bought items brokered through our eBay store.



Core Course in Appraisal Studies, International Society of Appraisers. (This course includes the Uniform Standards and Principles of Appraisal Practice, which meets Federal guidelines) completed July 2006


Teaching and Appraisal Fairs

I am a popular appraiser at appraisal fairs in the Tulsa area and surrounding cities for charitable organizations FREE OF CHARGE. I am currently serving as the chairperson of the advisory board for the North Tulsa Arts Project Initiative (NTAPI). Through Oklahoma State University OLLI, I teach a six-week informational course on antiques, using my own curriculum. This course has been offered in Tulsa, Stillwater, and Bartlesville. In the Summer 2013, I will be offering a 3-week course in Tulsa on the “Current Hot Items with Collectors”. I am recognized as an excellent speaker with experience in a broad spectrum of antiques and collectibles. Due to my extensive background in furniture repair and refinishing, I am uniquely qualified to inspect and authenticate fine furniture inclusive of the wood and construction techniques used in its construction.



Co-owner Ratcliffe’s Antiques, a furniture refinishing and antiques firm 1975 – 2000
Mike Ratcliffe Estate Sales 1991 – Present
Ratcliffe’s was a custom firm doing business in a four state region selling antiques and collectibles. My estate sales business has included the appraisal and liquidation of many collections. A list of highlights appears below.


Skinner Estate, 2003; Western Art and Jewelry
Hogue Estate, 2006; Complete contents Mission Era home from 1913
Donley Estate, 2007; Victorian Glass
Liebrock Estate; Victorian Furniture and Glass
Rogers Estate, 2007; First Edition Books and Art Glass
Moore Estate, 2003; Depression Glass and Vintage Clothing
Edsel Estate, 2008; Meissen, Sevres, Fine Art, and French Furniture
Hildt Estate, 2010; Civil War memorabilia, Elegant Depression Glass and Political Items
Daugherty Estate, 2012; Frankoma rarities and arty pottery
Watson Estate; 2012; Historic quilts
Jones, 2012; Steiff bears, Murano glass, and Jensen sterling



The following is a list sampling of appraisals and categories of items appraised.
Sommers, 2003; Vintage toys and collectibles for divorce action
Henry, 2005; Western Art and Asian collectibles for probate
Schlafke, 2006; Railroad memorabilia for museum donation to Harber Village
McDaniels, 2007; Asian art, artifacts and military paintings for insurance
Johnson, 2007; significant collection of sterling flatware, sterling serving pieces and dolls for equitable distribution
Withers, 2000; Outstanding collection of American Victorian furniture, glass, and art, including many rarities
Brierly, 2007; American Colonial furniture and Waterford crystal
Turnbull, 2006; American Colonial furniture, Colonial silver, and Modern Art
Van Ness-Allen, 2010; English Georgian furniture, American 19th Century Art, and silver
Fenster, April 2013; WPA art including works by Treva Wheete and Grant Wood


Testimony and Deposition

Kuykendall v. Kuykendall – divorce action
Sommers v. Sommers – divorce action
Pendleton v. Indian Electric – damage claim
Shaw v. OneBeacon – Federal arson claim
Mirt v. Mirt – Eighteenth and Nineteenth century French and English furniture


Periodicals and Publications

Tulsa World, July 2007 – Jason Lee Wright interview on chandelier from Hotel Tulsa Ballroom, Art Deco fixture that is last remaining of five brought to Tulsa in 1926
Johnson Estate – catalog of estate including Nippon, Wavecrest, and Moser glass collection
Edsel Houston Estate – catalog of fine nineteenth century furniture and Meissen porcelain
Quarterman Estate – catalog of first edition books, oriental rugs, Meissen porcelain, light fixtures and fine furniture.
Tulsa World, November 23, 2010- Appraiser/Auctioneer for Salvation Army 57th Annual Ladies Luncheon.


Scope of Work

I have restored everything from a Belter chair to a Chinese marble inlaid sofa.
I have sold Western art including works by Tiger, Mopope, and Momaday.
My appraisal experience covers a diverse variety, including an 1820 coin silver spoon, a Belter cabinet, and a painting of General Artis Van der Griff, leader of the Battle of Iwo Jima.



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