AT Cross Co is America's first mainstream maker of fine writing fountain pens. Built to last, when you own a Cross, you own a classic! For more than 170 years, Cross has re-invented writing instruments, combining design ingenuity and fashion trends with jewelry-quality craftsmanship. Cross is America's oldest manufacturer of fine writing instruments and was established in 1846 by Richard Cross and Edward W. Bradbury. At first manufacturing at their Providence, Rhode Island facility was initially limited to elegantly tooled gold and silver casings of wooden pencils, which then evolved into beautifully crafted pens, and the rest is history.