While shopping at one of the local antique malls in my area, I happened onto something that could be a very good thing. It happened to be an R S Suhl shaker, or even possibly hat pin holder.
With the price being right, and some wear being present on the bottom of the shaker, I went ahead and bought it. When I went to find out what I could about the mark (so I could list it online), there was a little voice in the back of my head that was saying that something was not right.
And then I found a shaker just like the one that I have. I was thrilled! I started to read what was posted online about it, and sure enough, that little voice I was hearing was right. The thing was a reproduction and possibly even an outright fake.
The lesson I learned? A little research and knowledge can go a long way in the long run.