- copyright © 2010 John I Lightner

John Lightner's long awaited, "Christmas Rarities" a pictorial reference book on antique, rare German glass Christmas ornaments is now available. Four years in the making the 9" x 11" book consists of 256 pages and over 1500 high quality color photographs printed on gloss enamel paper with a hard cover and stitched binding.

The book was self-published by Mr Lightner using professional digital Nikon cameras, lenses and lighting equipment, scrupulous editing and the highest quality color printing available.

The project took Mr Lightner on forty visits to a dozen states in the USA as well as trips to Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium in Europe where he photographed over 15000 ornaments from some of the rarest collections in the world. Five months were spent in Thailand editing and printing the book.

More than 500 of these rare ornaments have never been published before. About 550 of them were seen in only one collection and over 1139 of them were seen in three or fewer collections.

The book has fourteen categories: Angels, Animals, Candle Clips, Clowns, Indians, Men, Miscellaneous, Pipes and Rattles, Religious, Santas, Transportation, Victorian, Women and a wonderful and informative separate section of Kugels and Caps.

Enjoy viewing the cover pages of each category as well as the breathtaking Front Cover and Back Cover collages. Each ornament has a reference number, a description, a rarity scale and a value scale.

This is a must have reference book for any serious collector. The book has been shown on Good Morning America and reviewed by numerous magazines and newspapers throughout the country including the New York Times, The Chicago Sun Times, Courier News, The Daily Herald, Maine Antique Digest, and numerous others.  You can Google "Christmas Rarities" and see many of the reviews.  Go to the Order page  to learn how to order your book.