Most of the antique #3 irons were nickel plated but over 100 years or so the nickel doesn't fare so well.
Re-nickeling can cost as much or more than the whole job without it. We got tired of putting our nice new leathers on sets of pitted rusty irons. We have a cheaper alternative.
For a charge of only $50 we will sand and lacquer seal your #3 irons giving them a brushed metal look. Results will depend on how pitted the rusty they have gotten.
Check the box Sand & Seal Irons on the information sheet.