This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Mr. Rockwell has sent us fine specimens of this comparatively little known apple. We saw It at the last Fair of the American Institute, where, as one of the "tasters/* we had a good opportunity of proving it as a cooking fruit, and found it to be one of the best. As a table apple we find it to be moderately good. Its native place is Ridgefield, Conn. We are informed that the original tree was in full bearing during the Revolutionary war, and was owned by Dr. Baker, who died some forty years since. It is still but little known outside of the locality where it originated. The tree is said to be very vigorous, and an abundant bearer. The fruit is large, and in season for the kitchen from September to February. Form round, approaching to oblate; calyx small, closed, and set in a shallow basin; stem rather short, stout, and set in a cavity of medium depth; skin yellow, shaded with red and striped with crimson; flesh often tinged with crimson near the skin, tender, moderately juicy, with a pleasant subacid flavor.
The Magazine of HorTIulture. Edited by C. M. Hovey. The January number of this old pioneer magazine is one of the best.