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Cross Pens


America’s oldest manufacturer of fine writing instruments was established in 1846 by Richard Cross in Providence, Rhode Island. Cross was a highly skilled pen and pencil maker who eventually passed his knowledge on to his son, Alonzo Townsend Cross.

With more than 21 registered patents, the A.T. Cross Company soon developed and marketed many “firsts” in the field of writing instruments. These would include the propel-repel mechanical pencil, a forerunner of today’s mechanical pencil, and the Stylographic pen, the precursor of the ballpoint pen by more than 70 years.

Cross is now headquartered in Lincoln, RI. Cross writing instruments are distributed in more than 140 foreign markets.