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 size, three inches and a quarter long, and two inches and three-quarters wide; oblong-oval, even and regularly formed. Skin, smooth, at first of a fine grass-green colour, thickly covered with brown dots, and as it ripens the ground colour becomes greenish yellow, thickly covered with cinnamon-coloured dots, and with a large patch of russet round the stalk. Eye, large and irregular, partially closed, and with stout, coarse, irregular segments, placed in a shallow basin, which is plaited or undulating round the margin. Stalk, long, stout, and fleshy, inserted on the end of the fruit without depression. Flesh, yellowish white, very tender, buttery, melting, and very juicy, rich, vinous, and with a flavour equal to that of Marie Louise.
A delicious summer dessert pear; ripe in the end of August and beginning of September. It is ripe at the same time as Williams's Bon Chretien, to which it is a great rival where the musky flavour of that variety is not appreciated. Mr. Blackmore says it is "a fine pear, but not of high flavour; sweet and of loose texture."
Fruit, large, three inches and a half long, and two inches and a half wide; oblong, ribbed and undulating in its outline. Skin, smooth, greenish yellow, sometimes entirely covered with a very thin crust of pale brown russet, but always more or less mottled and dotted with russet. Eye, small and open, set in a very narrow and shallow depression. Stalk, half an inch to three-quarters long, inserted obliquely in a narrow cavity by the side of a fleshy protuberance. Flesh, white, buttery, melting, and very juicy, with a sweet, sprightly juice, and rich flavour, not unlike Marie Louise, but quite distinct from it.
A remarkably fine pear; ripe in the end of October. The tree is a good bearer, a vigorous grower, and forms excellent pyramids either on the pear or the quince. Mr. Blackmore says it is quite worthless at Teddington.
The original tree sprang up in the garden of two sisters, the Misses Knoop, at Malines, and hence the name of Deux Sœurs.
Fruit, medium size; roundish, somewhat turbinate. Skin, pale yellowish green on the shaded side, washed with red on the side next the sun. Eye, large and oval, placed on two small prominences, appearing as if dividing it in two, hence the name of Deux Têtes. Stalk, an inch long, often fleshy at the insertion, and obliquely inserted under a fleshy enlargement of the fruit. Flesh, white, crisp, juicy, and slightly perfumed.
A dessert fruit; ripe in August. More curious than useful. This is an old variety, being mentioned by Parkinson.
Fruit, very large; Calebasse-shaped. Skin, deep yellow, covered all over with rough russet dots and markings of russet. Eye, small, set in a wide shallow depression. Stalk, upwards of an inch in length, stout, and inserted without depression. Flesh, rather coarsegrained, juicy, sweet, and slightly perfumed.
A second-rate pear; ripe in November.