The Baker revolver is a double action "transitional"-type revolver with a six-shot cylinder. The hammer has a long cocking lever which is notched to facilitate for the sights. The sliding safety catch is located on the left side of the weapon.
Baker revolvers can be identified by markings on the body and barrel, as well as the hammer. Typically, percussion revolvers of this type that utilize a cocking lever on the hammer will have markings reading BAKER'S PATENT, REGISTERED APRIL 24 1852.