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#1 RoyalBear

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 03:21

I bought 2 pencils on Ebay, one was an Eversharp ring top and the other was an unknown. Some of you might have seen the listing and you couldn't tell what anything was because of the poor photo. However, when I got the pencils the ring top was excellent and has the original ribbon. The other pencil was a curiosity. The machine engraved pattern was like the Eversharp Dart pattern, the pencil is 2-3/4" long, and has a propel/repel mechanism using very thick lead. At first, I thought there weren't any markings on it but then I saw the AXT monogram and it's the only marking. So, the question I have is when did Alonzo Cross invent the propel/repel mechanical pencil?

 

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 11:00

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
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  • 1989 – 18 karat gold filled ball-point pen and 0.5mm mechanical pencil introduced (outside U.S.)
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Posted 20 November 2017 - 15:04

Max Dog: A superb answer to my question. Thank you very much! Now I have to determine when my pencil was made if that's possible. As you can see from the photos it's seen some wear but is otherwise in reasonable condition. I don't see any other marks on it other than the AXT monogram; not even for gold content if there is any.



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Posted 21 November 2017 - 12:38

I cannot find the art deco Cross Signet 18kt solid gold ball pen in the list? When was this pen introduced? Can anyone please clarify?

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 04:49

The Cross Century Signet came in 3 band sterling silver, 4 band 18K gold filled, and 5 band 18K solid gold ballpoints.  I believe they were introduced 2008/2009 and were around for a few years.   They were quite elegant looking pens, and too bad they did not do fountain pen versions.  



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Posted 22 November 2017 - 05:55

Max Dog: A superb answer to my question. Thank you very much! Now I have to determine when my pencil was made if that's possible. As you can see from the photos it's seen some wear but is otherwise in reasonable condition. I don't see any other marks on it other than the AXT monogram; not even for gold content if there is any.

My pleasure.  If I had to guess, I would say this is a circa 1890s, plus or minus a decade.  

Maybe an email with pictures to Cross Customer service at Cross.com might pique the interest of a knowledgeable staff who can give you more info about that pen and estimate of a production year.



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Posted 22 November 2017 - 07:33

The Cross Century Signet came in 3 band sterling silver, 4 band 18K gold filled, and 5 band 18K solid gold ballpoints.  I believe they were introduced 2008/2009 and were around for a few years.   They were quite elegant looking pens, and too bad they did not do fountain pen versions.



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Posted 22 November 2017 - 07:35

The Cross Century Signet came in 3 band sterling silver, 4 band 18K gold filled, and 5 band 18K solid gold ballpoints.  I believe they were introduced 2008/2009 and were around for a few years.   They were quite elegant looking pens, and too bad they did not do fountain pen versions.


Thank you so much for the information

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Posted 25 November 2017 - 17:17

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