Title: Vintage Mark Cross Executive Mahogany Desk Pad. Description: Offered is a rare vintage executive mahogany desk pad. Bottom finished in a brown felt, stamped "Swiss Made". Measures: 28.25 W x 21.25 D x 1 H inches.Note: Since 1845, Mark Cross was established in Boston by Henry W. Cross, who affectionately named the company after his only son.
Cross founded his company on a simple passion: to create the finest leather goods for the horse and buggy rider. Mark Cross later expanded its range of products and quickly became the quintessential American luxury lifestyle brand. The house became known simply as Mark Cross when Patrick Murphy acquired the company after its namesakes death, and opened shops in New York and London.
Expansion overseas translated to first-time access to luxuries yet unknown to the American market. Beyond leather goods, Murphy brought the finest china, crystal and other delights from abroad to the States. In 1921 Patricks son, Gerald Murphy, and his wife Sara moved to Cap dAntibes, France and established themselves in Villa America. They entertained many of the celebrated characters of the Lost Generation; Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Cole Porter, and the Fitzgeralds, who were all enchanted by the Murphys way of life.Scott Fitzgerald notably modeled the main characters in Tender is the Night after his frequent hosts and friends, Gerald and Sara Murphy. By 1934, Gerald officially took over the Mark Cross brand.
He expanded its offerings to include luggage, cigarette cases, and even jeweled evening bags, some of which he collaborated on with Seamen Schepps. In Alfred Hitchcocks legendary film Rear Window, it is none other than a Mark Cross overnight case in which Grace Kelly packs her clothing. Mark Cross continued to flourish under new ownership and changed hands again in 1961. Subsequently, the company closed its doors in the 1990s.
The item "1980s Rare Vintage Mark Cross Executive Mahogany Desk Pad" is in sale since Monday, September 14, 2020. This item is in the category "Business & Industrial\Office\Office Supplies\Desk Accessories\Desk Sets".
The seller is "lachambredambre" and is located in Crockett, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.