This section is from the book "The Fruit Manual: Containing The Descriptions And Synonyms Of The Fruits And Fruit Trees Of Great Britain", by Robert Hogg. Also available from Amazon: The Fruit Manual.
Fruit, medium sized, three inches wide, and two inches and a half high; roundish, slightly depressed, and obtusely ribbed. Skin, smooth, deep yellow when ripe, and with a blush of thin crimson where exposed to the sun. Eye, closed, with convergent segments, which are sometimes reflexed at the tips, and set in an angular basin. Stamens, basal; tube, conical. Stalk, half an inch long, inserted in a rather deep cavity. Flesh, tender, briskly acid. Cells, wide open, Codlin-like, obovate.
An early cooking apple, in use in October. It is grown in large quantities in the Valley of the Severn for the supply of the markets in the manufacturing districts, and being thick-skinned, it travels well without bruising.
Fruit, medium sized, two inches and three-quarters wide, and two inches and a half high; roundish, narrowing a little towards the eye. Skin, dark green on the shaded side, and brownish red on the side next the sun, which is marked with a few broken stripes of darker red, the whole strewed with russety dots. Eye, small, and partially open, set in a narrow and irregular basin, which is ridged round the margin. Stalk, short and slender, inserted in a rather deep cavity. Flesh, greenish yellow, firm, crisp, and juicy, with a brisk vinous flavour.
An excellent dessert apple of first-rate quality; in use from Christmas to April.
This variety was raised by Thomas Hunt, Esq., of Stratford-on-Avon, from the seed of Hunt'8 Duke of Gloucester, and named in honour of the poet Shakespere.
Fruit, medium sized, two inches and three-quarters wide, and the same high; distinctly angular, broad at the base and tapering to two-thirds of its height, where it forms a contracted waist, and thence it narrows to the crown, where it terminates in five prominent knobs. Skin, bright crimson, striped with broken stripes of rich yellow, except where it is shaded, and there it is either yellow or marked with faint streaks. Eye, closed, with long erect segments, set in a very angular and plaited basin. Stamens, marginal; tube, long conical. Stalk, a quarter of an inch long, inserted in a wide and furrowed cavity. Flesh, tender, juicy, sweet, and with a mild acidity. Cells, ovate; abaxile.
Fruit, large, three inches and a quarter wide, and two inches and a half high; obtuse-ovate, broad and flattened at the base, narrowing towards the eye, with five prominent ribs on the sides, and in every respect very much resembling a small specimen of Emperor Alexander. Skin, smooth, pale straw-yellow, marked with faint broken patches of crimson, on the shaded side, but streaked with yellow and bright crimson on the side next the sun. Eye, open, with short, stunted segments, placed in a deep, angular, and plaited basin. Stamens, basal; tube, conical. Stalk, short, imbedded in a round funnel-shaped cavity. Flesh, yellowish, soft, and tender, transparent, sweet, and briskly flavoured, but rather dry. Cells, roundish; axile.
An apple of very ordinary quality; in use from October to March.