The Devonshire Bowl and Plate

The Society’s first One Frame competition took place at 41 Devonshire Place on 12 July 2018. No event took place in 2019 due to the relocation of the Society to Abchurch Lane. Then the event was not able to be held in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The competition next took place on 7th July 2022.

The One Frame Competition was run again on Thursday 6th July 2023. This is a single frame competition, for up to 16 single sheets or a combination of sheets that can be displayed on a frame holding 16 sheets. All members were able to participate as it is an “open” event enabling all subjects and classes, recognized under existing ABPS categories, to compete and enjoy the competition.
The same rules applied as before. All those attending the Royal on the day were given a voting slip (one slip per member) allowing each member to make three choices in order of their preference. A simple 3, 2, 1 point scoring was then applied. Both First and Runner Up were awarded either the “Devonshire Bowl” or “Devonshire Plate” which will be engraved and held on display at the Royal.
The Competition commenced at 1pm when the doors were opened to the judges, that is the members, and the results were announced on Competition Day at 5pm. The results of this, the 3rd Devonshire Bowl one frame Competition, held on Thursday 6th July 2023, were:
The winner of the Devonshire Bowl was Chris Symonds exhibiting "GB - The Victorian 5 Shilling Postage Stamps 1867 - 1901"
The Runner Up, who won the Devonshire Plate, was Jiří Kraus exhibiting "Dr Vaclav Vojtech - The First Czech in Antarctica"
The winners were also presented with a bottle of Lanson Black Label Brut champagne by Alan Holyoake RDP FRPSL

Chris Symonds receiving the Devonshire Bowl from Alan Holyoake and the President, Mike Roberts

Jiří Kraus receiving the Devonshire Plate from the President, Mike Roberts

Chris Symonds and Jiří Kraus with their bottles of champagne
(photographs courtesy of John Ray)

The Bowl

The Devonshire Bowl is an impressive solid silver embossed bowl from a major collection, first made in Birmingham in 1969. Together with this bowl there is a 10-inch silver plate that is awarded to the runner-up.

Click here to view the 2018 and 2022 Winners