Hughes Company "Christmas Tree" Oil Field Tool

A festive design to control the flow of oil

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Don't expect presents under this Christmas tree, unless oil is on your wish list. Named for its resemblance to the popular evergreen, this oil field "Christmas tree" controlled the flow of oil out of the well. This Christmas tree was manufactured in the 1930s by the Hughes Company—originally Sharp-Hughes Tool Company—which was established in 1909 in Houston by Howard Hughes, Sr.

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Hughes Company "Christmas Tree" Oil Field Tool Artifact from Houston, Harris County
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