Printing characters were stored in type cases, trays divided into many compartments to hold the different letters of the alphabet. Today they are quite popular as wall-mounted display cases to show off small collections. Here is mine. I don't really remember where I bought my case - at an antique shop somewhere around here I'm sure. It took me years to collect all the little pieces I have stored inside. My most inexpensive piece was probably a couple of dollars - the most expensive ones were $25.00 each - those being a "hot chocolate pot and cup set (it even has a dish of little caramels)", and a little porcelain doll. The two samplers displayed above the case were ones I bought in Occoquan - a quaint historic town near me. The DMC sign - not sure where I got that either, but I love it!