A military veteran of two wars, and Internationally known author photographer. Chamberlain served in WWI with the French in the American Field Service and later the American Ambulance Service, and in WWII, a photographic intelligence officer in the Mediterranean Theater.
Major Samuel Chamberlain’s Service Dress Coat & Trousers.
Samuel Chamberlain served in WWI, first enlisting with the American Field Service of the French Army and then transferred to the American Ambulance Service. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre. He met his wife in France during the war, while serving in the American Committee for Devastated France, and they both remained in France until 1934.
When the WWII began, Chamberlain was a major in the Army Air Forces, working in photo intelligence.
Chamberlain was an Internationally known Photographer, Etcher, and Writer. His wife Narcissa, was an artist, writer, and interior designer, who worked on many projects together with her husband.
Samuel attended the University of Washington, and studied architecture at MIT, and is known for the many articles and numerous books on American architecture, books on famous New England Homes, that featured great photographs of the interiors of those early American homes. He was born in Cresco, Iowa, October 28, 1895, and later made his home in Marblehead, Mass. He died at 79 in 1975.
This 1941 Service Dress coat and trousers was made by Brooks Bros, and has a simple tag in the inside right breast pocket upon which are written his measurements. Uniform insignia include A.E.Co Utica. N.Y. AAF collar (clutch back), U.S. no hallmark (screw back), major’s rank without hallmark (pin back). Pilot Wings, hallmarked STERLING (pin back). On the left sleeve is a 5th Army patch (machine made), 5 overseas bars, and 3 WWI overseas chevrons. These are all sewn on except for the WWII Victory ribbon,
His ribbons include: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, WWI Victory (w/5 battle stars), EAME (w/3 stars), American Campaign, WWII Victory, WWI French Croix de Guerre, WWI American Field Service medals.
The waist belt is different, and the first I’ve encountered, being a permanently fixed buckle and snaps on the left side for a much easier un-fastening. The trousers are the same color, and have some wear on the lower legs (see photo). Chamberlain’s name is written on the inside waist.
Complete and in fine condition.
A great coat with a military history and for a man who contributed much to the Graphic Arts.
All photos courtesy of the MIT Museum