Baillie records John Pyke as working in London at Grays Inn from 1747 until circa 1780 as clock and watchmaker to the Prince of Wales.
In use since the 16th century it was not until the 18th century that Princess Palatine, Duchess of Orleans, is credited as first coining the term "necessaire" in her correspondence. The 1743 edition of Trévoux's dictionary defines this object as "a small box, divided into compartments, to hold a variety of necessary or convenient items when travelling". In addition to larger examples that could hold all accompaniments for such acts from washing to taking coffee, the 18th century saw a rise in the pocket necessaire. Coined by Voltaire as "le siecle de petitesses", this era prized lovely, miniature baubles and accompaniments. The pocket necessaire, a miniature reproduction of the traditional traveling necessaire, was often given as a prize in the royal lotteries, as a gift between lovers or exchanged between the courts of Europe.