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, below medium size; pearmain-shaped, regular and handsome. Skin, thick and membranous, yellow in the shade, and marked with a few broken stripes of red; but red, streaked all over with deeper red, on the side next the sun; it is dotted with grey dots, and sometimes marked with patches of grey-coloured russet, which is strewed with scales of a darker colour. Eye, small and closed, with long segments, set in a narrow and even basin. Stalk, very short, not protruding beyond the base, and having the appearance of a knob obliquely attached. Flesh, tender, juicy, brisk, and vinous, with a pleasant aromatic flavour.
It is in use from November to Christmas.
Fruit large, three inches wide, and two and three-quarters high; roundish and irregularly ribbed, generally higher on one side of the eye than on the other. Skin, smooth and shining, striped with deep golden yellow, and crimson stripes. Eye, closed, with broad flat segments, and set in a plaited, irregular, and angular basin. Stalk, about half an inch long, deeply inserted in a funnel-shaped cavity, which is lined with rough scaly russet. Flesh, yellow, tender, juicy, and pleasantly flavoured.
A second-rate fruit, suitable either for the dessert or culinary purposes; in use from October to November.
This is a variety grown in the neighbourhood of Lancaster, where it is much esteemed, but in the southern districts, where the more choice varieties can be brought to perfection, it can only rank as a second-rate fruit.
Fruit, about medium size, two inches and three-quarters wide, and the same high. Roundish in shape, but narrowing a little towards the apex, one side of which is higher than the other. Skin, smooth and lemon yellow, with a few scattered broken streaks of pale crimson on the shaded side, and a light crimson cheek marked with broken stripes of darker crimson on the side exposed to the sun; the whole surface is strewed very thinly with small brown dots. Eye, small and open, with erect pointed segments, and set in a deep and wide basin. Stalk, short and slender, the cavity of which is very shallow and straight, not unlike that of Kerry Pippin. Flesh, white, firm, crisp, very juicy, sugary, and well-flavoured.
An excellent apple, either for the dessert or kitchen purposes, the great recommendation of which is that it keeps in sound condition till May. So highly was it appreciated by the Fruit Committee of the Royal Horticultural Society that it was awarded a first-class certificate in 1867.
This was raised by Mr. Balchin, Master of the Union, Dorking.