A bravery medal from Whitehaven's Wellington Pit disaster and a 1830s Maryport shipbuilder's ledger will be among the items going under the hammer at a Cockermouth sale next week.

Mitchells Auction Company will host a three-day antiques and fine art sale from Wednesday, June 13.

The Edward Medal, which in the mining world's equivalent to the Victoria Cross, was awarded to John Thomas Mather for courage shown in the attempted rescue of miners trapped by fire in the Wellington Pit disaster in Whitehaven on May 11, 1910.

Sixty four men were awarded bronze Edward medals after the disaster - the greatest number ever given for one incident, which underlines the scale of the tragedy in which 136 men and boys died.

The medal comes with its original presentation case from the direct descendants of Mr Mather. It is expected to sell for between £1,200 to £1,500.

The illustrated accounts ledger from Kelsick Wood of K W and Sons Shipbuilders in Maryport, dates from 1837-8.

It features around 100 pages of alternating handwritten text and hand-painted, coloured images featuring ships, figureheads, portrait busts of indigenous and foreign people, accounts of timber imported, town rates, ships lost and taken, with marbled boards and half calf spine and corners. The ledger is expected to make £2,000 to £3,000.

Other local items include two bound 19th century artist sketchbooks by Thomas Salkeld Bland of Reagill near Shap and his nephew John Salkeld Bland of Wyebourne. Thomas’ sketchbook contains more than 100 pen-and-ink images of mythical figures, architectural studies, dogs, horses and cattle, while his nephew’s contains more than 30 pen-and-ink pictures of mostly architectural subjects such as Cockermouth Castle, Workington Hall, Appleby Castle, The Pencil Mill in Teesdale and a sepia wash of Gunnerkeld stone circle near Shap. John was also the author of The Vale of Lyvennet. Both sketchbooks are expected to make £500 to £700.

A large quantity of trophies relating to Maryport Cycling Club, awarded to champion cyclist Cliff Sandham, mostly dating from the 1940s and 1950s, is expected to make £100 to 150. Another collection of 63 medallions awarded to the same cyclist together with two scrapbooks full of newspaper clippings and black and white photographs documenting his achievements for cycling endurance have an estimate of £100 to £200.

A George III mahogany longcase clock by Lott Barwise of Cockermouth (1726-1799) has an estimate of £700 to £1,000 and a C Borbridge, Whitehaven 19th century brass compass with silvered stepped dial and push fit protective cover is expected to fetch £120 to 180.

Local scenes in the picture section include an oil on canvas by AJ (Joey) Carter-Wood (1890-1915) entitled Lingering Sun, a view of the Solway looking over towards Criffel, which has an estimate of £1,000 to £1,500.

The sale also includes two oil on board paintings of Whitehaven by Frank Waddington (1897-1952), entitled Roper Street and Trinity Church, which are both valued at £400 to £600.

An oil on board image of Coniston by Thomas William Pattison (1894-1983) is expected to make £600 to £800.

The picture section also includes works by Percy Kelly, Len Roope, Edward Horace Thompson and Harry Sutton Palmer.

Auctioneer and saleroom director Mark Wise explained: “We often have items of local historical importance but this sale features a particularly large number which are likely to attract bidders from beyond the area because of their quality and historical significance.”

The sale will also feature a strong Asian art section, curated by resident expert Richard Harrison, with most items from a local estate. Items include a Japanese Kazaridina, Meiji period cabinet with panels of Hiramakie and Takamakie which has an estimate of £800 to £1,200.

Three cars will also for sale: a 1989 Bentley turbo R valued at £5,000 to £8,000, a 1986 Mercedes 560 SEC C126 with an estimate of £4,000 to £6,000 and a 1990 Mercedes 560 SEC expected to fetch £3,000 to £5,000.

For the garden, a large patinated metal garden fountain with two classical female figures holding aloft a relief moulded bowl with centre vase is expected to sell for £1,200 to £1,800.

Other items of note include a Regency mahogany bracket clock, brass inlaid, marked "Deayton", with an estimate of £800 to £1,200, and a French gilt brass carriage clock by Paul Garnier, Paris, circa 1840/50, valued at £2,000.

A pair of Napoleon III Auguste Maximilien Delafontaine (1813-1892) French bronze and ormolu candelabra are expected to make £300 to £500.

The saleroom will be open for viewing on Sunday, June 10, 11am to 3pm, Monday, June 11, 10am to 5pm, Tuesday, June 12, 10am to 7pm, and throughout the sale.

Day one of the sale, on Wednesday, June 13, will feature 20th century art, Asian art, table boxes, wall clocks, barometers and mirrors, paintings, drawings and prints, textiles and vintage cars.

The second day will feature ceramics and glassware, jewellery, watches and pocket watches, silver and allied wares and objects of art, collectors’ items and metalware.

The third day will feature furniture, longcase clocks and dining tables.

Entries are now invited for Mitchells' next vintage and antique toy sale on July 21. The closing date for entries is June 22.