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, large, from three to three inches and a half wide, and nearly the same in height; roundish, somewhat flattened, and angular on the sides. Skin, dark green, striped with darker green on the shaded side, but covered with dark red where exposed to the sun. Stalk, an inch long, rather thick, inserted in a rather deep cavity. Flesh, firm, juicy, sub-acid, and pleasantly flavoured.
The tree is a strong grower, hardy, and an excellent bearer. It is one of the varieties grown in Dr. Swainson's garden at Twickenham in 1807.
Fruit, above the medium size; scinewhat ovate. Skin, of a fine deep yellow, thinly strewed with minute brown dots, interspersed with slight patches of very delicate-russet; but faintly mottled with clear red on the side exposed to the sun. Eye, large and open, with short, stunted segments, and set in a rather deep and plaited basin. Stalk, very short, inserted in a round and even cavity, which is tinged with green, and lined with fine, delicate grey russet. Flesh, yellowish, firm, crisp, brisk, very juicy, and vinous, abounding in a rich and agreeable perfume.
A very excellent apple, suitable either for culinary purposes or the dessert; it is in use from December to February.
This beautiful apple was raised by Mr. Mitchelson, a market gardener, at Kingston-on-Thames.
Fruit, small, two inches wide, and the same in height; oval, even, and regularly formed, with five obscure ribs round the eye. Skin, green, becoming yellow as it attains maturity, marked with imbedded green specks and numerous very minute dots. Eye, half open, set in a round and plaited basin. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, slender, and inserted in a round, narrow cavity, which is lined with rough russet. Flesh, greenish white, soft and juicy, but with little or no flavour.
An apple of which it is difficult to say to what use it is applicable, having nothing whatever to recommend it; it is ripe in November.
Fruit, below medium size, two inches and three-quarters wide, and two inches high; oblate, slightly ribbed on the sides, and ridged round the eye. Skin, entirely covered with beautiful red, which is marked with spots, and broken stripes of deep crimson; the colour on the shaded side is paler than on the side exposed to the sun; it is strewed all over with russety dots, and round the stalk and in the basin of the eye it is of a clear waxen yellow. Eye, small and open, with broad, erect segments, set in a moderately deep basin. Stalk, short and thick, inserted in a rather shallow cavity, which is lined with thick grey russet. Flesh, yellowish, tender, juicy, and brisk.
Fruit, large, three inches and a quarter wide, and three inches high; conical and angular, flattened at the base. Skin, greenish yellow on the shaded side, and marked with broken streaks of red where exposed to the sun, interspersed with numerous large dark spots. Eye, small and open, set in a plaited basin. Stalk, very short, imbedded in a small, narrow cavity, and surrounded with a patch of russet. Flesh, yellow, tender, rather sweet and pleasantly flavoured.
A good culinary apple; ripe in October, and keeps till December.