Antique Musical Instruments/champion chicago cornet


I have picked up a very very old cornet.  All it says is Chicago Champion.  The valves have weird numbers.  It is highly decorated and silver.  No serial number.  Can you tell me what I might have?

Champion was a model name used by the Lyon-Healy Company of Chicago.  The horn was imported.  The valve numbers are the result of the way they were manufactured.  The valve department would make a string of valves and number them sequentially.  Then the assembly department would take three valves off the string.  

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