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, three inches and a half wide, and two inches and three-quarters high; roundish, somewhat flattened and angular.
Skin, yellowish, marked with broad pale red stripes on the shaded side, and broad broken stripes of bright crimson on the side next the sun; the whole surface entirely covered with a thick bloom. like thin hoar frost. Eye, very small, closed, and set in a shallow and plaited basin. Stalk, short, inserted in a wide and round cavity. Stamens, marginal; tube, funnel-shaped. Flesh, yellowish white, tinged with red at the surface under the skin, brisk, juicy, rich, and slightly acid. Cells, closed, obovate or ovate; axile, slit or closed.
A beautiful and wry good culinary apple, of second-rate quality; it is in use from October to December.
Fruit, large, about three inches wide, and three inches and a half high; conical or Codlin-shaped, with obtuse ribs, and terminating at the crown in several prominent unequal ridges; some specimens have a waist near the crown. Skin, smooth and shining, with a fine deep yellow ground and a blush of bright red, marked with broad broken streaks of darker red on the side next the sun; the whole thinly strewed with russet dots. Eye, closed, with convergent segments, set in a deep and uneven angular basin. Stamens, median; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, short and stout, inserted in a close deep cavity, with a slight swelling on one side of it. Flesh, firm, crisp, and juicy, with a pleasant sub-acid flavour. Cells, open, elliptical.
A handsome and very good culinary apple; in use up till Christmas. It is quite a Codlin in appearance.
This was sent me from Cornwall, in 187G, by J. Vivian, Esq., of Hayle.
Fruit, small and ovate. Skin, covered with pale grey russet, the greenish yellow ground shining through it in places. Eye, open, with long, sharp-pointed, reflexed segments, set in a wide, shallow, and plaited basin. Stamens, median; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, inserted in a wide shallow cavity. Flesh, yellowish, firm, very juicy, vinous, and aromatic. Cells, ovate; axile, closed.
An excellent dessert apple of the first quality. December to May.
Fruit, very large, three inches and three-quarters wide, and three inches high; roundish and flattened, with irregular and prominent angles or ribs extending from the base to the apex. Skin, deep yellow, tinged with green on the shaded side, but bright deep scarlet where exposed to the sun, generally extending over the whole surface. Eye, closed, with erect convergent segments, and set in a wide and deep basin. Stamens, basal; tube, conical. Stalk, short and slender, inserted in a deep funnel-shaped cavity, which is generally lined with russet. Flesh, white, with a slight tinge of green, delicate, tender, and juicy, with a brisk and pleasant flavour. Cells, ovate; abaxile.
A beautiful and showy apple for culinary purposes; it is in use from October to Christmas.
The tree is a strong and vigorous grower, but not a very abundant bearer. It succeeds well on the paradise stock.
I have not been able to trace the history of this handsome apple beyond the close of last century. It is not mentioned in the copious list of Miller & Sweet, of Bristol, in 1790, nor in any of the nursery workings of the Brompton Park Nursery, lists of which are in my possession as far back as 1750. The first record of it I find is in the Forsyth Mss., where, under the name of Kirk's Scarlet Admirable, he seems to have received it in 1799, and again in 1801, from Ronalds, of Brentford, as Hallingbury, but in his Tieatise on Fruit Trees it is called Hollingbury.