I'm resurrecting an early 60's "Apollo" English 3 Speed. It has a Sturmey Archer AW hub stamped 1963. Overall the bike has very little wear on it, but all the chrome parts are pretty rusted up. It's not intended to be an all-original restoration, just a reliable ride. I got some nice alloy rims, alloy stem and straight bars, and Shimano 105 cranks to replace the cottereds and rusty chrome.
The original Sturmey shifter is in real rough shape, it's rusty and bashed up pretty badly. New replacement Sturmey shifters have crappy plastic all over them and are fairly expensive for what you get. Old all-metal Sturmey shifters in nice condition are rare and expensive on ebay.
I found a whole pile of NOS Shimano 3 speed shifters in the back of a LBS ($3 each with cable) , and was thinking of giving them a try. They have plastic on them, but are generally nicer than the plastic Sturmey ones. Does anyone know if they will properly shift an AW? It appears the cable pull is close enough to be worth a try, but I thought I'd mention it here anyway. I've also seen modern Sturmey twist-grip shifters on ebay, but they look a little sketchy. Suggestions?