I don't know why this Forum won't let me reply to messages on my own threads!
In another document from 1617, Cleverley's age is given as 27 years old. His apprenticeship in London is dated 1604 so born c.1590. It is common to find pipemakers becoming tobacco dealers so a tobacco salesman is entirely possible. There was no guild control of pipemaking until the second half of the C17th in Leiden.
I am puzzled by the surname but more about the signature - I have seen someone go from mark to signature but not the other way around.
Thank you for all your help.
Dear Peter, we would like to try to find out why you're not able to respond on your own threads. Could you please give us some more information about where it goes wrong, perhaps a printscreen? Our mailadres is firstname.lastname@example.org
Will email you shortly