A. T. Cross is a traded (NASDAQ: ATX) American company that competes in the fine writing instrument and journal businesses. Cross manufactures and distributes fine writing instruments, journals and accessories worldwide. The company was founded in 1846 in Providence, Rhode Island, and initially manufactured gold and silver casings for pencils, reflecting the Cross familys history as jewelers. The company was founded by Richard Cross who passed it on to his son Alonzo T. Cross. The company developed many innovative new writing instruments, including forerunners of the modern mechanical pencils, and the earliest stylographic pens. After trading on the NASDAQ for five years (under the now-defunct symbol ATX), the company was sold to Clarion Capital Partners LLC in 2013.