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; roundish ovate, with broad obtuse angles on the sides, terminating in knobs round the crown. Skin, clear greenish yellow on the shaded side, and lemon yellow, striped and suffused with bright crimson, on the side next the sun and all the exposed parts. Eye, wide open, set in a rather deep plaited basin. Stamens, marginal; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, half an inch to an inch long, slender, deeply set. Flesh, yellowish white, firm, crisp, sweet, and with a fine brisk sub-acid flavour, like that of Manks Codlin. Cells, round or obovate; axile, slit.
An excellent culinary or dessert apple; ripe in October. The tree is a constant bearer.
This was raised by Mr. Higgs, gardener to R. Barchard, Esq., Putney Heath, Surrey, and was brought into notice by being exhibited by Mr. Alexander Dancer, of Fulham, at a meeting of the British Pomological Society, in 1856.
Fruit, small, two and a quarter inches wide, and two inches high; roundish ovate. Skin, smooth and shining, of a fine uniform deep yellow colour, marked with broken streaks of pale red next the sun. Eye, slightly open, and not much depressed, set in a shallow plaited basin. Stamens, median; tube, conical. Stalk, very short. Flesh, tender, crisp, juicy, and agreeably acid. Cells, elliptical; axile.
This is an excellent apple for culinary purposes, but its small size is a great objection to it. It is in use from January till May.
Fruit, below medium size; in shape somewhat like a Golden Pippin, ovate or conical, with obtuse ribs on the sides, which terminate in ridges round the eye. Skin, yellowish green, covered with patches of pale brown russet, thickly strewed with large russety freckles, like the Barcelona Pearmain, and tinged with orange next the sun. Eye, small, open, with erect segments, which are reflexed at the tips, set in a narrow and angular basin. Stamens, median; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, nearly three-quarters of an inch long, inserted in a narrow and round cavity. Flesh, yellowish white, tender, crisp, brittle, very juicy, and when eaten is quite a mouthful of lively, vinous juice. Cells, roundish ovate; axile, open.
A dessert apple of the highest excellence; in use from October to February.
The tree is a good and healthy grower, attains a considerable size, and is an excellent bearer.
This variety seems to be but little known, and, considering its excellence, too rarely cultivated. I am not aware that it exists in any of the nurseries, or that it was at any period extensively propagated. The only place where I ever met with it was in the private garden of the late Mr. Lee, of Hammersmith, whence I procured grafts from a tree in the last stage of decay.