The preponderance of women pawners was not a peculiarity of the OBSP, however.
Because borrowing networks were informal, and little direct evidence has survived concerning their nature and their limitations, the OBSP cases constitute one of the few sources we have for this behaviour.
While the numbers cited in the OBSP are small, it is very likely that they would have been substantially higher had the squibs been more complete.
Garthine Walker's claim that the dynamics of female theft offer a more complex view of gendered experience than many historians of crime have hitherto acknowledged is certainly borne out by the OBSP material.
See, for instance, OBSP, December 1782, Case 5, William Smith.
See, for instance, OBSP, December 1781, Case 7, Mary Carpenter; or January 1788, Case 119, Jane Williams.
See, for instance, OBSP, September 1780, Case 479, Mary Collins; or February 1783, Case 298, Ann Webb; or again, September 1784, Case 854, Sarah Hull.
OBSP, February 1780, Case 127, Ann Friend and June 1780, Case 341, Ann Powell.