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Cavalier was a sub brand of Pan American which was a student line for Conn. That doesn't mean that it is a lessor instrument, just that they had different marketing ideas for the brand. Cavalier
It's a bit older than 60 years, it 106 years old. I've got one that is slightly older than yours, but it is surprisingly modern looking. It doesn't look its age and I suspect yours does not either.
Many music stores would want a 'house brand', so they would contract with a manufacturer to make instruments which they would then label them with their own brand name. I have a table that lists the makers
I believe that this ia a horn that was a stencil for a dealer, I don't know who the maker may have actually been. As far as whether it is worthwhile to fix it up, I would suggest taking it to a repair
I don't have a definitive answer for you. The Ditson Company used Victory as a model name, but they were out of business by 1931. And Progressive Musical Instrument used American Victory. Both of these