an early birthday present to myself is this lovely Crown Lynn #553 Black Boat Vase. It has a hairline crack on the back. This doesn't bother me. I love imperfect pieces. I'm just happy to find this as I've been wanting some black Crown Lynn items for a while. They are much harder to find than the white. Miss 17 has her eye on this and tells me that when she leaves home, this vase is going with her. Hmm, I'm not so sure that that's going to happen!