This frankly is a big subject and could have a web site all to itself.
Given that Enfieldís and Sniderís were produced in Britain and across the globe as well as being repaired and alterations by various armourer's across the ages. This is only an introduction to marks commonly found on Pattern 53ís through to Pattern 61ís and the Snider rifles with their various patterns.
Proof marks are notoriously hard to decipher for the uninitiated and with the flood of arms coming in from India, Nepal and Afghanistan many antique arms may have falsified stamps or, as more often the case, bits of rifles are put together to create one, adding to any confusion!
The best way, I have found to get around being duped is to carrying out research and purchase some books - such as:
More book titles can be found on the References page of this site.
Or use one of the internet forums as noted on the 'LINKS' area of this site and you can tap into a knowledge base that frankly couldn't be recorded!
In this section please click the links below to see the parts in detail. You can also click pictures to see a magnified view.
Finally click here too see the locations of other markings on the rifle for the retailer, setter upper, stocking contractor and main contractor stamps which sometimes are present on Enfield's and Snider rifles.