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A variety very much resembling Frankenthal.
Bunches, large, shouldered, and well set. Berries, rather large, roundish oval. Skin, greenish yellow, becoming a clear amber when ripe. Flesh, tender, melting, very juicy, sweet, and richly flavoured.
Raised about the year 1835 by Mr. Foster, gardener to Lord Downe, Bening-borough Hall, York. This and Lady Downe's Seedling were both obtained at the same time from the same pot of seedlings, which were the result of a cross between Black Morocco and White Sweetwater.
Bunches, large, and heavily shouldered. Berries, roundish, frequently oblate, and rarely roundish oval, sometimes hammered and scarred, as in the Dutch Hamburgh. Skin, thick, adhering to the flesh, deep black purple, covered with bloom. Flesh, firm, and often forming a hollow cell round the seeds, juicy, sugary, sprightly, and richly flavoured.
This is very frequently met with in gardens under the name of Black Hamburgh, from which it is distinguished by its round, frequently oblate, and hammered berries.
I am often in great doubt as to whether this is really distinct from Black Hamburgh. I remember going to Buscot Park in 1839, when Merrick was gardener there, and seeing the vine which was named Victoria Hamburgh, and which was said to have been a seedling raised there. The impression on my mind was that it was certainly distinct from the Black Hamburgh.
Frankenthal Blanc. See White Frankenthal. Frankenthaler. See Black Hamburgh. Froc de la Boulaye. See Prolific Sweetwater. Früher Leipziger. See Early White Malvasia. Garnston Black Hamburgh. See Black Hamburgh,
A variety much resembling Buckland Sweetwater, with which some consider it synonymous, while others think it differs in being a better bearer.
Golden Frontignan. See Salamon's Frontignan,
Bunches, large, eight to nine inches long; ovate in shape, well shouldered, and with a very thick fleshy stalk. Berries, very large, an inch and three-eighths long, and from an inch and an eighth to an inch and a quarter broad, oval or ovate, with very stout warted stalks. Skin, thin, pale yellow, and becoming amber when fully ripe. Flesh, firm, very juicy, and with the flavour of Black Hamburgh.
A large and very handsome early grape, which as a rule does not hang long; but along with its relative Duke of Buccleuch is one of the largest grapes in cultivation.
It was raised by Mr. William Thomson, at Dalkeith Palace Gardens, in 1863, and was the result of a cross between Mill Hill Hamburgh and Bowood Muscat. It received a first-class certificate from the Royal Horticultural (Society in July, 1868.