The Cross family business was founded in Providence (Rhode Island) in 1846 by Richard Cross where they manufactured gold and silver casings for pencils. Richard’s son, Alonzo T Cross inherited the business from his father and developed a host of innovations including the predecessors of the mechanical pencil and modern ball-pen.
Cross pens are the essence of understatement and their simple, Art Deco lines make them timeless. The ladies’ Classic Century is elegant and its Sterling Silver body acquires an allure with age – a patina that should only rarely be cleaned.
I was in New York looking for a gift for my wife and there is something classically American about this iconic and authentic pen that forms part of a range that was launched in 1946. Its patented twist-action barrel sparked a design revolution and its sleek profile has found an army of loyal fans.
Cross is, perhaps, not regarded as being a foremost luxury brand but for me the range, style and workmanship are underrated. The Classic Century is an authentic American classic.
In 2013 the business of AT Cross was purchased by Clarion Capital Partners LLC.