I already own a fully restored pair of Wiss #3 shears and you would describe them as "nice" but after years of using the long handle series of Heinisch and Wiss shears, they just feel a bit spindly to use. I saw this old pair (Wiss before WW1) that were a different pattern to the later ones and that are noticably chunkier in the blades and hinge going for $25.00 so I grabbed them as it appeared that no-one else was interested and they have arrived today from a vendor in New York.
The blades are in good enough condition not to need repairing so the main work in getting them to work well will be in cleaning up the hinge and sharpening them properly. I have the facilities and occasionally the time to properly restore this pair but the reason for posting this thread is there are a lot of handy people who are members of this forum who could get a pair like this working correctly and as I know that many of the ladies who are members have husbands or sons who have some engineering experience who could do the same.
While you can pay big money for "pretty" pairs of shears, a scruffy pair that are mechanically sound often go for peanuts and if you are a bit handy you can end up with a very good pair of shears for doing professional quality cutting for a lot less than buying a pretty pair for big money. You need to rat through eBay on a regular basis and while some go for a fortune, being patient and looking through the less than pretty ones works for you.