Since I knew that the Cross section in The Catalogue was inadequate, I had already started looking for more examples of the brand before I encountered Jim Rouse. When it came to Victorian "magic" pencils (the type that the tip extends from the front when the rear is pulled outward), I had managed to find two:
The larger of the two sports typical black enamel "racing stripes" frequently found on early Cross pencils. The smaller example looks to be pristine, so I doubt it ever had stripes on it. The only indication that these were made by Cross is a tiny maker's mark at the top: "AXT," for A.T. Cross -- get it?
Proud as I am of these two finds, they pale in comparison next to the group Jim Rouse had on hand:
Sizewise, mine are comparable to the closed examples to the right in these picture. Most of Jim's are simply enormous. That ringtop bail located mid-barrel when the pencils are extended are a pretty unique feature.
Here's a closer shot of the smaller ones:
And every one of Jim's examples had an "AXT" mark similar to mine: