A.T. Cross (or Cross for short) was founded in Providence, Rhode Island in 1846 by Richard Cross. Though the Cross family were traditionally jewelers, Richard Cross was a superb pen and pencil maker who passed all of his knowledge to his son, Alonzo T. Cross. In 1916, the Cross family sold the company to an employee, Walter R. Boss, who transformed it into the world-wide success it is today. For more than 165 years, A.T. Cross has re-invented writing instruments by combining design ingenuity with jewelry-quality craftsmanship. As America's first manufacturer of quality fine pens, they have continued to make pens people will use, depend on and enjoy for years to come.