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 long, and two inches and a half wide; obovate, narrowing towards the eye, where it is flattened. Skin, smooth, pale lemon-coloured, splashed with cinnamon russet, especially near the eye. Eye, large, half open, with erect segments, set in a wide, shallow depression. Stalk, from half an inch to three-quarters long, obliquely inserted. Flesh, fine-grained, tender, buttery, and melting, very juicy, and exceedingly sweet and rich.
Of the greatest merit; ripe in October. The tree is a weak grower, makes neat pyramids, and bears well.
Fruit, small, two inches and a quarter wide, and the same high; turbinate. Skin, clear dark lemon-yellow, thinly dotted with russet, and with a ramifying patch of brown round the stalk. Eye, open, with erect segments, set level with the surface. Stalk, green, an inch and a quarter long, slender, inserted without depression by the side of a fleshy lip. Flesh, yellowish, fine-grained, very tender, melting, juicy, and sweet.
A very fine pear; ripe in the middle of October. Mr. Blackmore finds it very inferior at Teddington.
Fruit, medium sized; pyriform, wide towards the apex. Skin, rough, greenish yellow, covered with numerous grey specks and russet flakes, and on the side next the sun it has a reddish brown tinge. Eye, open, sometimes without segments. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, woody, and inserted in a narrow cavity. Flesh, white, buttery, melting, and very juicy, sugary, and with a powerful aroma.
A very excellent pear; ripe in December. Mr. Blackmore says it is worthless at Teddington.
Frait, medium sized; pyriform. Skin, smooth and shining green, at first grass-green, changing as it attains maturity to a line lemon-yellow, and marked with brown dots on the shaded side, with a tinge of dark lively red strewed with small grey dots next the sun. Eye, open, set in a small slightly plaited basin. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, sometimes fleshy at the base, and inserted in a small cavity. Flesh, white, breaking, tender, and not gritty, with a sweet subacid and pleasant flavour.
An excellent culinary pear; ripe from December to March. The tree is hardy, but not a large grower; a good bearer, and succeeds well either on the pear or quince as a standard. Calvel considers this the same as the St. Père of Duhamel, which he says is under a double denomination in the garden of the Museum of Natural History to signify the same pear.
Fruit, about medium sized; pyriform, uneven, and bossed in its outline. Skin, smooth, of an uniform clear deep lemon-yellow, with here and there a patch of cinnamon russet. Eye, open, with stout erect segments, set in a shallow basin. Stalk, an inch long, stout, inserted in a small hole. Flesh, very fine, melting, very juicy, and rich.
A first-rate pear, like a delicious Marie Louise; ripe in the end of October.