Printers' Type Cases

Type Cases

Type cases, manufactured from around 1890 to the 1960s, are wooden trays divided into sections to hold the various letters of a typeface. All type cases have been finished by hand and have been fitted with a hanger. Well constructed (because metal type is heavy), the cases were stored in vertical racks, grouping typestyles into families. If you've ever wondered why we use the term upper case for capital letters, it's probably clear now!

  • typecase 11 x 14
    TC1 - 11" x 14" (28cm x 36cm)
  • typecase 11 x 14
    TC2 - 11" x 14" (28cm x 36cm)
  • typecase 14 x 11
    TC3 - 14" x 11" (28cm x 36cm)
  • typecase 22 x 14
    TC4 - 22" x 14" (55cm x 36cm)
  • typecase 32 x 14
    TC5 - 32" x 14" (82cm x 36cm)

Please note that all of the above typecases can be shipped.


Type Case with Printing Blocks

type case

The image above shows a type case displaying a number of printing blocks.

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