Paul...interesting find! It's not likely you'll be able to find original parts to restore this to a playable condition, but since you bought it more as an artistic piece, I don't think that was your goal, anyway.
Ian...Good observation on the neck wear. I have a c. 1964 (the year my parents bought it for me, new) Dixie Banjo Uke that I got for my 5th birthday. It has an all metal neck and fretboard, so the wear isn't so apparent!
For Paul's benefit, let me add that the single tuning peg in the peghead of this banjo uke is inserted from the front, but it probably was originally inserted from the back of the head with the larger part of the peg protruding back, not forward. Anyway, again...interesting find!
You got that right, Ian! But I have to admit that it satisfied a 5 year old's craving for a banjo. I played that thing for a few years, set it aside, got interested in trumpet, and a little later guitar, then bought my first 5 string in the 12th grade. I still have the Dixie, although it's missing a couple of pegs, the bridge, and strings. I never put steel strings on mine, but I'm sure that metal neck could have handled them!
Dan'l, I never even thought about the conotation of "Dixie" until you mentinoed it...but of course, I'm one of those Deep South folks who they probably were marketing to!