I collect Concorde in-flight service and gift items. The collection consists of around 365 items. I recently estimated that I’ve spent about $2,100 on my collection since starting in 2004. It’s really difficult to guess the value right now since there isn’t much on eBay to compare it to. The first item I bought was a luggage tag from a guy in Israel on July 26, 2004. That was the start of my collection. I didn’t start creating this collection consciously. In the beginning,I just wanted a memento of my trip. Then, I wanted something to use everyday and the idea of serving dishes appealed to me. I have an eBay alert that sends me new Concorde items daily and I usually do a pass through the items for sale every few weeks. I’m not consciously looking to expand the collection at this point, as there aren’t many items I need or want. Every now and then, however, I find something that I didn’t know existed which compliments what I’ve already amassed. I wouldn’t mind a pair of Concorde seats from that last flight, but they’re much too expensive. I have a pair of First Class 747 seats already, anyway.
Having a collection of the in-flight service items and gifts allows me to share the experience of flying on the plane. It’s retro and futuristic at the same time.
Nathan Shedroff, 45, San Francisco, USA
The Concorde was a symbol of the future, of progress and human ingenuity. Now that it’s decommissioned (and nothing has taken it’s place), it’s taken on a new meaning and is something worth preserving. Most of the items in the collection are beautiful, some exquisitely so. The silverware, glasses and Air France letter opener are gorgeous and inspired by the form of the plane. I’ve learned a lot about the Concorde and had the privilege of flying on it before the service was stopped. I’ve plotted all the final global resting places of the Concordes on Google Maps as well.