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Product History
  • 1879     Stylographic pen (forerunner of today's ball-point pens)
  • 1879     Propel-repel mechanical pencil (forerunner of today's mechanical pencils)
  • 1881     Propel-repel mechanical pencil with clutch
  • 1912     Propel-repel expel mechanical pencil
  • 1930     Slim mechanical pencil with black bands design
  • 1930     Fountain pen with black bands design
  • 1946     Century line mechanical pencils
  • 1953     Century ball-point pen introduced using Ellery Boss' internal (patented) design
  • 1966     Desk sets added to product line
  • 1968     Women's 14 karat gold filled and sterling silver ball-point pen and pencil sets
  • 1974     Soft Tip Pen - felt tipped (forerunner of today’s Selectip rolling ball pen)
  • 1981     Classic Black writing instruments
  • 1982     Fountain pen introduced (outside U.S.)
  • 1982     Women's 10 karat gold filled writing instruments
  • 1983     Women's Classic Black writing instruments
  • 1983     Mark Cross, Inc. acquired as wholly-owned subsidiary (leather goods)
  • 1983     Two new executive desk set models introduced (Solid American Cherry and Select Walnut and Leather)
  • 1984     Fountain pen introduced in U.S.
  • 1985     Rolling Ball refill introduced for Selectip pen
  • 1986     Gray writing instruments (with chrome appointments)
  • 1987     Fendi line acquired for distribution in the U.S.A.
  • 1987     Gray writing instruments for Women
  • 1988     Pen stands and remodeled single unit desk sets
  • 1989     18 karat gold filled ball-point pen and 0.5mm mechanical pencil introduced (outside U.S.)
  • 1989     0.5mm mechanical pencils in all case qualities
  • 1990     18 karat gold filled writing instruments introduced in the U.S., including fountain pen and Selectip rolling ball pen
  • 1990     Signature line of premium writing instruments introduced in the U.S.
  • 1991     Burgundy writing instruments; Women's burgundy and lustrous chrome writing instruments
  • 1992     Blue writing instruments; Women's Blue writing instruments with 22 karat gold plated appointments
  • 1992     Medalist writing instruments (chrome with 22 karat gold plated appointments)
  • 1992     Gray with 22 karat gold plated appointments
  • 1993     Jewelers with 22 karat gold plated appointments
  • 1993     Cross Townsend fountain pens and Selectip rolling ball pens to the international market in 18 karat gold filled, 10 karat gold filled, Black Lacquer, Titanium, Medalist
  • 1994     Jewelers key ring gift sets
  • 1994     Century Colours International
  • 1994     Selectip rolling ball pen/key ring gift sets
  • 1994     Victorinox knife and ball-point pen gift set
  • 1994     Cross Townsend ball-point pen and 0.5mm pencil in 18 karat gold filled, 10 karat gold filled, Black Lacquer, Titanium and Medalist
  • 1994     Cross Townsend Sienna and Marbled Green Lacquer
  • 1995     Solo
  • 1995     Solo Classic
  • 1995     Metropolis
  • 1995     Limited Edition
  • 1996     Maglite Gift Sets: Solo black ball-point pen with Maglite
  • 1996     Comfort Writer
  • 1995     Cross Townsend Lapis Lazuli
  • 1996     Cross Townsend Sterling Silver and Quicksilver
  • 1997     Cross Townsend Cardinal Red Lacquer (international market)
  • 1996     50th Anniversary Ball-Point Pen in a Century Tin
  • 1996     Hallmark
  • 1996     Document Marker
  • 1996     Jumbo Ball-Point Pen Refill for Selectip rolling ball pen
  • 1996     Century Restage (international market) revised Century Selectip rolling ball pens and fountain pens
  • 1996     Century II (international market) 14 Karat Gold Filled, 10 Karat Gold Filled, Blue Wood, Green Wood, Rose Wood, Black Lacquer.
  • 1996     Cross/Hallmark Designs
  • 1997     Marjolein Bastin
  • 1997     Pinnacle™ 22 Karat Gold Plated, Sterling Silver and Peacock Blue accented with 22 karat gold plated appointments.
  • 1997     Cross Townsend Jade
  • 1997     Cross Townsend Cardinal Red (international market)
  • 1997     Century 2000 (limited distribution): Lustrous Chrome, Classic Black and Blue Lacquer
  • 1997     Cross Timepieces introduced to Retail and Special Markets accounts (limited distribution). Finishes include solid stainless steel, two-tone 18 karat gold filled and solid stainless steel and 18 karat gold filled bracelets and leather straps.
  • 1997     New Hallmark Designs to include golf, baseball, fishing, teaching (2), cat (2), dog (2), and Maxine “crabby” and “attitude problem” themes
  • 1998     Pinnacle Bordeaux Lacquer
  • 1998     New Townsend Colors: Midnight Blue Lacquer, Cardinal Red Lacquer (domestic market)
  • 1998     Radiance (domestic market) Vesuvius Red, Oceania Blue, Amazon Green
  • 1998     Alhambra Mica Gray in four technologies: ball-point pen, 0.5mm pencil, Selectip rolling ball pen and fountain pen. Cinnabar Red and Cobalt Blue in three technologies: ball-point pen, Selectip rolling ball pen and fountain pen.
  • 1998     Lumina Ball-Point Pens (domestic market): Champagne, Silver Gray and Pearl White
  • 1998     Century II (international market) wide girth ball-point pens and 0.5mm pencils in 14 karat gold filled, sterling silver, 10 karat gold filled, Classic Black, Medalist, Lustrous Chrome, Blue Wood, Green Wood, Rose Wood and Black Lacquer finishes.
  • 1998     New Hallmark Designs include School Bus, Cat, Babysitter, Dog, Wonderful Human Being, Teacher, Friend and Coach themes.
  • 1998     Cross Timepieces expands line to include Sonoma™ chronographs and three-hand date series for him and her. Case and bracelet finishes include solid stainless steel and two-tone 18 karat gold filled and stainless steel and leather straps with solid stainless steel case.
  • 1999     Century II line (U.S. market) include 23 Karat Gold Plated, Black Lacquer, Medalist and Chrome. Technologies include ball-point pen, 0.5mm pencil, Selectip Rolling Ball Pen and fountain pen. Alhambra Mica Gray, Cinnabar Red and Cobalt products become part of the Century II line.
  • 1999     Century Lumina Blue is introduced.
  • 1999     Cross Townsend Tuxedo (sterling silver cap with black lacquer barrel) writing instruments. Technologies include ball-point pen, Selectip rolling ball pen and fountain pen.
  • 1999     Cross Townsend Translucent Green Lacquer
  • 1999     Pinnacle Amber Lacquer
  • 1999     Cross Townsend Midnight Blue Lacquer with silver plated appointments
  • 1999     Cross Townsend Lustrous Chrome
  • 2000     Popular priced product line marketed under the Bill Blass license name in a variety of styles and finishes.
  • 2000     Century II Sterling Silver and Tuxedo/Sterling Silver (Sterling Silver/ Black Lacquer)
  • 2000     Century II Serling Silver and Translucent Blue Lacquer
  • 2000     Century II Tuxedo/Rhodium (Rhodium cap/Black Lacquer barrel) and Tuxedo/Silver Plated (Silver Plated cap/Black Lacquer barrel).
  • 2000     Century II Royal Blue, Charcoal Gray and Golden Mist with chrome plated appointments
  • 2000     Century II Bay Blue Lacquer with chrome plated appointments
  • 2000     Classic Century Chrome with a chrome top
  • 2000     Morph ball-point pens in Jet Black, Electric Blue, Mars Red, Quicksilver, Aztec Orange, Copper, Sherwood Green and Sage Gold, with chrome plated appointments.
  • 2000     ATX in Basalt Black, Zirconium, Azurite Blue, Red Copper, Matte Chrome and Pure Chrome with chrome plated appointments
  • 2000     Morph DigitalWriter® Duo
  • 2000     Morph new colors - Bright chrome with chrome plated appointments and Matte Black and Matte Brown with Ruthenium plated appointments
  • 2000     Stylus Refill
  • 2001     Ion in Neptune Blue, Lunar Gray, Jupiter Orange, Corona Red, Celestial Green and Aurora Blue
  • 2001     Six gel ink refills for use in the Ion gel ink pen. Colors include Nucleus Black, Midnight Blue, Orbital Orange, Pulsar Purple, Galaxy Green and Electron Red
  • 2001     Cross Townsend Affinity Series in Malachite Lacquer, Ochre Lacquer and Carbonite Lacquer
  • 2001     MicroPen PDA-size retractable ball-point pen with stylus in blue, black, orange and silver.
  • 2001     Rolling Ball Refill converts to gel ink.
  • 2002     Morph² Rollerball in Smoked Vapor, Mercury and Blue Graphite finishes.
  • 2002     Cross Matrix® Multi-Function Pen, includes dual ball-point, stylus and option of a fountain pen or rolling ball feature.
  • 2002     Cross Matrix® Ball-Point Refills in red, black and blue, fine point.
  • 2002     Cross Matrix® Document Marker Refill, yellow
  • 2002     ATX Lacquer finishes with rhodium plated appointments. Finishes include Sepia Brown, Cyanic Blue and Vernal Green.
  • 2002     Classic Century Lumina Pink ball-point pen
  • 2002     Cross Accessory Line introduced. Includes Large and Mid-Size Portfolios, Palm V™ and Multi-brand PDA cases, Stationery Gift Set, Daily Planner, Pen/Accessories Case, Business Card Case, Letter Opener, Money Clip and Key Ring.
  • 2002     Contemporary Cross Timepiece line introduced to the business gift market.
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