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, two inches and a half wide, and two high; round and Bergamot-shaped, even and regular in its outline, somewhat larger on one side of the axis than the other. Skin, entirely covered with a crust of dark cinnamon brown russet. Eye, very large and closed, with long pointed segments, set in a wide shallow plaited basin. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, stout, a little curved, and inserted in a round cavity.
A very rich and remarkable flavoured pear; ripe in the beginning of September, after which it soon decays.
This is a seedling of Van Mons, and I presume No. 213 of the second series of the catalogue, where it appears as "Du Beguinage: par nous." It first produced fruit in 1844.
Fruit, medium sized, two inches and a quarter wide, and a little more high; turbinate, even and regular in its outline. Skin, pale lemon-yellow, speckled all over with large cinnamon-coloured dots, which are wide apart, with a red blush on the side next the sun, and covered with a network of russet. Eye, small and open. Stalk, an inch long, sometimes obliquely and sometimes perpendicularly inserted. Flesh, yellow, somewhat gritty at the core, juicy, half-melting, sweet, with a cold acidity, and aromatic.
A pear of uncertain merit; ripe from December to February. The tree is not vigorous, but bears pretty well, and makes a good pyramid on the pear stock.
Fruit, large, three inches wide, and three and a quarter high; obovate. Skin, pale yellow, strewed with patches and dots of pale brown russet. Eye, small, half open, placed in a round and shallow basin. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, inserted in a narrow cavity. Flesh, white, fine-grained, melting, acidulous, and very juicy, sugary, and perfumed, with a distinct Seckle aroma.
A fine pear; ripe in September and October. The tree succeeds best on the pear, forms handsome pyramids, and bears well.
Fruit, medium sized; turbinate. Skin, of a rich lemon-yellow colour, thickly covered all over with russety specks and dots, but round the stalk and over the crown it is completely covered with a coat of cinnamon-coloured russet. Eye, open, set in a round furrowed basin. Stalk, an inch long, inserted without depression. Flesh, white, tender, fine-grained, juicy, sugary, and richly flavoured.
A handsome and very excellent pear; ripe in November and December. The tree makes a handsome pyramid, and is a good bearer. Mr. R. D. Blackmore says it is worthless at Teddington.
Fruit, above medium size; obovate, even, and handsomely shaped. Skin, smooth and shining, golden yellow next the sun, and greenish yellow in the shade, and with a russet patch round the stalk. Eye, large and open. Stalk, very long, woody, and straight. Flesh, tender, not very juicy, and with a very herbaceous flavour.
An inferior fruit; ripe in the end of October and November.
Beurré Blanc. See White Doyenne.