Our primary interest is task lighting from old British aircraft.

Restoration means different things to different people.

You may already have your own lamp, or you may want Retro3a to supply and restore one from our own stock (subject to availability).

Some regard the patina of age and use to be critical.  They appreciate the battered paintwork and other scars that reflect the lamp’s history.  They may want the item just to be rewired or to accept a different type of bulb.

Some may want missing or damaged parts to be replaced.  A common example is the small lamp shade on the 5C/1079 Anglepoise lamp. The originals are very hard to find because that old aircraft lamp that ended up in the shed or the house was modified to accept a larger domestic-style lamp shade and 240v bulb. The original lamp shades were thrown away, usually......   

Some will appreciate the history of such lamps, but would prefer their own item to be refurbished to modern standards so that it is as good as (or better than) new.  They may be Architects or Professionals who want to display a fine example of function and form that reflects their vision and values. Or they may just want an elegant design to look its best in the Study or elsewhere in the house.

Some may wish to make subtle modifications and customise the lamp to suit their own preferences.  Examples include non-standard colours and base details.

There is no official right or wrong way to restore these lamps.  It is for the owner or purchaser to decide what is required. 

Wherever possible, we use new old-stock (NOS) genuine parts for restoration projects.

However, some items are very scarce and we use our extensive skills and resources to manufacture superb quality reproduction items.

Those rare 5C/1079 lamp shades? We manufacture highly acclaimed reproduction items, customised to your requirements.

We continue to expand our 5C/1079 range and currently offer the following items:

Lamp shade yoke (or "spring clip") in stainless steel - powder coated, if required

Lamp shade yoke spindle in aluminium

Fibre friction washers 

Custom-manufactured spring sets in stainless steel 

All fasteners, pins and linkages in stainless steel 

Bulbholders (NOS) 

Rheostats (NOS) 

Thackray double-coil spring washers, electroplated 

Lamp mounting block in aluminium 

Spindle clamp knob in tufnol or aluminium 


Contact us for a quotation.


We offer a superb quality reproduction of the 2-arm lamp used in the Shackleton and Canberra (see News). The rare "bowl" type lamp shade is manufactured by us.

We plan to manufacture a replica/display Merlin piston - perfect as a stand-alone tribute to that wonderful aero engine, or as a mounting for the lamp of your choice. Watch this space.....