A. W. FABER'S Siberian Lead Pencils,
Made of Siberian Graphite obtained at the Alibert Mine.
AFTER the celebrated Alibert Mine of Siberian Graphite had been discovered in
the Saian Mountains, near Irkutsk, and the superiority of this material to any
other similar material, not excluding the once famous product of the Borrow-
dale Mine in Cumberland, England, which has long been exhausted, demonstrated
by scientific experiment and expert trials, A.W. Faber in 1856, under sanction of the
Russian Government, contracted for the exclusive purchase of all graphite obtained
from this source.
The manufacturer thus placed himself in possession of raw material which for
purity and uniformity of quality has never been surpassed. The lead pencils made
from it are universally known as " A. W. FABER'S Siberian Lead Pencils," and
the special qualities which place them above all other productions of the pencil
industry are the following:
1. The lead is entirely free from all foreign substances, a merit which could not
be claimed even for the very best English lead pencils made of Cumberland Graphite.
2. Their points are more durable and offer greater resistance to wear, obviating
the necessity of frequent sharpening.
3. The different degrees in which these pencils are made, from the softest to the
hardest, their delicacy and refinement, are invariable—a problem having thereby been
solved which exercised the skill and ingenuity of English manufacturers for the space
4. Each Pencil is made of one single piece of graphite, the uniformity and
strength of which insures clearness and precision of delineation.
5. The graphite wears away very slowly, thus giving not only better work, but
also greater durability, than any other pencil. The somewhat higher price is therefore counterbalanced by economy in use.
The most eminent artists in Europe—Messrs. von Kadlbach, von Cornelius,
Lessing, von Kreling, Overbeck, Seitz, Ingres, Viollet-Le-duc, Meissonier,
BrascassaT, Gustave Dore, Isabey, etc.—have borne testimony to the excellence
of these lead pencils.
To guard against misconception, purchasers should observe that
A. W. FABER'S world-famed Siberian Pencils, which have been so
long before the trade and public—making the appellation "Siberian
Graphite" a household word amongst artists, engineers, designers
and draughtsmen generally—are marked in the following manner:
A. W. FABER, GERMANY
(the addition of the word "Germany" having been rendered necessary
by recent Merchandise Marks legislation), and on the reverse—
GRAPHITE DE SIBERIE DE LA MINE ALIBERT.
The graphite from this mine is exclusively in the possession of
A. W. FABER, and his Siberian Pencils have been made from this
material ever since their introduction in 1862.