Bed Pocket. A small bag, in use during the early part of the present century, hung at the head of the bed at night in which to put away things which might be wanted before morning, or as a receptacle for the watch, purse, handkerchief, etc., in place of poking them under the pillow. A hundred years back, bed pockets were used quite extensively. It is customary yet in the South, to provide visitors, especially fussy people and particularly old maids, with bed pockets. They are arranged in fanciful shapes, and hang by cords or ribbons from the bed-stead. They are usually embroidered with the injunction to the burglar, "Step softly and don't disturb the sleeper."