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, Unas inches wide, and the same high : short conical, slightly angular, having a prominent rib on one side. Skin, smooth, dark dull green on the shaded side, hut changing daring winter to clear greenish yellow, and marked with traces of russet; on the side next the sun it is covered with brownish red and streaks of deeper red, all of which change during winter to clear crimson; the surface is strewed with many russety specks. Eye, open, with broad segments, which are reflexed at the tips, set in a wide, pretty deep, and plaited basin. Stamens, median; tube, short, funnel-shaped. Stalk, from half an inch to three-quarters long; inserted in a deep cavity, which is lined with russet. Flesh, yellowish, tinged with green, tender, crisp, juicy, sweet, and perfumed, with a brisk and pleasant flavour. Cells, roundish obovate; axile, closed.
The tree attains the middle size, is a free and vigorous grower, very hardy, and an excellent bearer.
Fruit, medium sized, two inches and three-quarters wide, and about the same in height; conical, uneven in its outline, being angular on the sides, in the way of Margil, and ridged round the eye. Skin, smooth and shining as if varnished, almost entirely covered with deep bright crimson, which is streaked and mottled with darker crimson on the side next the sun, but where shaded it is yellowish and mottled with crimson. Eye, small, and closed, with erect connivent segments, set in a deep and plaited basin. Stamens, median; tube, funnel-shaped; style, very stout and thick at the base, nearly filling the base of the tube. Stalk, very short, stout and fleshy, set in a very shallow basin. Flesh, tender, crisp, fine grained, sweet, and with a pleasant sub-acid flavour. Cells, obovate; axile, open.
In use during October and November.
Fruit, above medium size, three inches broad, and the same in height; roundish, and irregularly formed. Skin, yellow, tinged with green on the shaded side, but striped and mottled with dark crimson on the side next the sun, and thickly strewed with russety dots round the eye. Eye, open, with long green acuminate segments, which are recurved at the tips, and set in a deep and slightly plaited basin. Stamens; median; tube, short, funnel-shaped. Stalk, short and stout, inserted in a round, deep, and even cavity, which is lined with rough grey russet, extending over almost the whole of the base. Flesh, yellowish white, very tender and juicy, but with little flavour. Cells, obovate; axile, slit.
An apple of very ordinary quality, which seems only suitable for culinary purposes; it is in use from October to January.
This is a Somersetshire apple, which I received from the late Mr. James Lake, of Bridgewater.
Hicks's Fancy. See Early Nonpareil.